Milwaukee County leaders seek federal review of state's shared revenue system

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee County leaders want the federal Justice Department to take a look at the way the state of Wisconsin sends money to county governments.

"Milwaukee County taxpayers are paying more and more in taxes and receiving less and less in vital services year after year," said Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez.

A resolution sponsored by County Supervisor Sylvia Ortiz-Velez and others calls for a review of the state shared revenue system under the Civil Rights Act and the 14th Amendment. 

They say that while Milwaukee County has sent more money to the state every year for more than a decade, the amount of revenue the state sends back has either stayed the same or declined.

"We know that our constitution guarantees that the state must treat us all equally, all members of the state. And we have serious concerns to whether or not that's happening here."

The resolution has been sent to a county board committee for possible consideration next week.

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