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2nd QuarterJune 2012
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In This Issue
20th Annual "Salute" Highlights
Fire Services in Milw. County
Mental Health Case Management
Region's Property Tax Levies
The Park East: What Next?
Quarterly Trustees Meeting
President's Message

Trustees and other friends of the Forum often ask how we know whether our research reports are generating meaningful action, as opposed to sitting on the proverbial shelf.  Because it sometimes can take years for policy recommendations to weave their way through the legislative process - and because the Forum does not directly advocate for action on its research findings - that's often a difficult question to answer.  But often, we can point to clear linkages between our research findings and immediate, tangible results.


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Upcoming Reports... 

July - Analysis of afterschool programming in Milwaukee

July - Analysis of juvenile offender recidivism in Milwaukee County
July/Aug. - Dispatch services in Milwaukee's County's South Shore
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20th Annual "Salute" Highlights Innovation and Efficiency

Salute individual winners
2012 individual "Salute" award winners Jason Dzwinel (Leader of the Future), Sue Black (Norman N. Gill), and James Dwyer (James R. Ryan Lifetime Achievement).
This year's annual Salute to Local Government awards breakfast - held at the Italian Conference Center on June 19 - showed that there is no shortage of innovation and ingenuity in southeast Wisconsin's local governments and school districts.


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Report Cites Opportunities for Sharing or Consolidating Fire Services in Southern Milwaukee County  

Southern Milwaukee County Fire Report CoverIn late May, the Forum released its widely anticipated report on options for sharing or consolidating fire services in five southern Milwaukee County municipalities. The report has received prominent coverage in local newspapers, including a lead editorial in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and editorial coverage in the Wisconsin State Journal.  Since its release, officials from several of the impacted communities have agreed to consider the report in committees and public meetings.


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Report Explores Mental Health Case Management Options in Milwaukee County

Protective Payee Report CoverIn October 2010, in partnership with the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), the Forum released a groundbreaking report on the potential redesign of Milwaukee County's adult mental health system.  Among the report's most important yet overlooked findings was that "the current system of (mental health) case management needs to be changed so that more individuals can access case management services in conjunction with other community supports." 


A new report released by the Forum in late June revisits that finding by examining a unique case management program offered by three community-based agencies since 2001.


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Region's Property Tax Levies Decline in 2012 
2012 Property tax report cover

Spurred by new property tax limits enacted as part of the 2011-13 State budget - as well as declining property values in each of the region's seven counties - southeast Wisconsin saw its aggregate property tax levy shrink by 0.3% in 2012, the first such decrease since at least 2000.  The decrease in overall levies was accompanied, however, by a 2% increase in the aggregated gross tax rate for municipalities and school districts in the region, from $21.58 per $1,000 of property value in 2011 to $22.04 in 2012.

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The Park East: What Next?

Park Event Viewpoint Panel

The future of Milwaukee's Park East corridor was the subject of a May Viewpoint luncheon.  The event - which turned out more than 150 business, nonprofit and government leaders - featured a panel discussion with four of the region's top economic development leaders: Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele; Jim Barry III, President of Cassidy Turley Barry; Mark Eppli, Professor of Finance and Bell Chair in Real Estate at Marquette University; and Milwaukee City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux. The panel was moderated by Tom Daykin, Business Reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and was sponsored by the Commercial Association of Realtors - Wisconsin; NAIOP Wisconsin; Fitzgerald Consultancy; and GRAEF.


Photos of the event can be viewed here, and Wisconsin's Eye's videotape of the event here.  


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County Board Chairwoman Dimitrijevic Speaks at Forum's Quarterly Trustees Meeting

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina DimitrijevicRecently elected Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic was the featured speaker at the June 14th quarterly Trustees Meeting. She talked about her vision for the County Board and the state of the Board's relations with the County Executive, and offered her thoughts on the key challenges facing county government. The meeting also featured a presentation by the Forum's 2011-12 Norman N. Gill Fellow, John Pearson, on his research on Bus Rapid Transit.  John's report will be released this summer.  To view photos from the event, click here.   

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Forum in the News 
The Forum was frequently featured in different media outlets in the 2nd quarter of 2012. 
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Forum on the Streets 
Forum staff were busy disseminating research and sharing their policy insights with government and civic entities in the 2nd quarter of 2012. 
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