County Board supervisors’ petition calling for Dimitrijevic’s resignation falls short by seven signatures

May 16, 2013

 Milwaukee County Board Supervisors Borkowski, Taylor, Alexander, Weishan and Schmitt today issued the following joint statement:

“This morning, we submitted our petition to the Milwaukee County Clerk calling  for the resignation of the current Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic and requesting a special meeting of the Milwaukee County Board for the purpose of electing the new Chairperson.   Unfortunately, our petition has fallen short of the required 12 signatures to convene the meeting, with only five original petition sponsors having signed the document.  We aim to continue to fight for this cause as we believe that the current County Board leadership should be held accountable for well-documented wrong-doings it allowed to take place under its watch.  It is somewhat disappointing to see that the rest of our colleagues do not share this opinion.”  

County Board Chairwoman’s testimonty today before Joint Committee on Finance

April 4, 2013

TestimonyBefore the Joint Committee on Finance

April 4, 2013

Marina Dimitrijevic

Chairwoman, Milwaukee County Board

Welcome to Milwaukee County.  I thank the Co-Chairs and members of the Committee for ensuring that Milwaukee County residents had a venue for public testimony on the budget.  We appreciate having the opportunity to showcase our community and discuss the state budget in the largest county in Wisconsin.  Thank you also to the Mayor of Greendale for hosting this public hearing.

My name is Marina Dimitrijevic, and I was elected Chairwoman of the Milwaukee County Board last April.  Born and raised in Milwaukee County, I get to see on a daily basis how the diversity of the people, our commerce and our communities benefit the State of Wisconsin.   As we all work to improve our economy and recover from challenging times, I know you understand that investing and promoting Milwaukee County is paramount in moving the state forward.

While there is never any shortage of need, there is also no shortage of opportunities in Milwaukee County.  With job creation a top priority, we see promise in this state budget.  We are excited about investments in our infrastructure, such as the Hoan Bridge and the Zoo Interchange.  We all know that these projects not only improve our transportation system, but they also create jobs.  

We support and applaud the investment in the VETransfer program, which is starting right here in Milwaukee.  This investment supports returning veterans through an entrepreneurial program from promotion of a veteran’s idea to small business implementation, so they too can create jobs.

We also see promise in funds for the technical college system and additional funds for worker training.  As we all know and have heard, there are businesses that want to hire people, but our retraining programs need additional support to accommodate need.

As we talk about the need for job creation, we have to understand how our transit system is invaluable to improving our economy.  You probably have already heard, and you will hear again today, the Milwaukee County Transit System is essential to getting people to work.  People in our urban areas also rely on transit to get to recreational activities and to purchase goods.  Last budget, transit took a 10% cut, an approximate loss of $9 million statewide.  Of that amount, $6.8 million was to Milwaukee County.  The proposed budget invests significantly in other portions of our transportation system, and we are supportive of that package and appreciate the additional funds put into local road maintenance.  But transit was left behind, and it is unsustainable.  

As the new Chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors, I launched a Chat with the Chair series and attempted to travel to or from every municipality in Milwaukee County by bus.  The transit system in Milwaukee County delivers millions of rides every year.  Still, my ability to connect to every municipality was limited and people on this listening tour repeatedly asked me to extend service into their community.  With requests from communities like Franklin and Waukesha County to increase routes, we should be on the verge of expanding service to new businesses and new areas.  Unfortunately, without funding to even fill the gap on inflationary costs and no restoration of the previous cut, we will not be able to fill the need businesses and communities are asking for.  In fact, with nowhere else to cut, we will have to increase fares (most likely higher than other larger metropolitan communities) and decrease routes.  These alternatives are always counterproductive.  We are hopeful you will look seriously at restoring the cuts to transit.  I ask you for a solution, one that will allow me to tell our constituents that transit services in Milwaukee County will improve, not further decrease.  Now more than ever, we need to move forward on transit and help connect people to jobs

There are many other issues important to Milwaukee County such as child support, health care, mental health community services, 911 services, levy limits and, of course, public safety.  All of these issues are important to keeping our economy headed in the right direction.  Others here today will discuss these important issues, which we care about so deeply.  For example, across Wisconsin, counties face significant child support cuts that will affect our ability to serve families who depend on our services.  I ask that you give special consideration to finding a solution that will benefit the children and families who rely on us to collect support on their behalf.    

I would like to end with support for a very important initiative.  Family violence is a significant public health and safety issue.  Supports for women and children are available but can be splintered.  Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has proposed an amazing and innovative project to centralize and coordinate services for adults, families and children involved with domestic violence, and we are all very supportive of this effort.  We are hopeful you will approve this project as you move forward with the budget process.

Thank you again for being in Greendale, in Milwaukee County.  I appreciate your time and commitment to public service.


Dimitrijevic to host three “budget-focused” town hall meetings (Oct. 22 at South Shore Pavilion)

October 5, 2012

Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman and 4th District Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic will host three Town Hall meetings in October.

The meetings will focus on the 2013 Recommended Budget for Milwaukee County as well as parks, transit and other matters of interest to people who live in District 4.

“I always enjoy the opportunity to hear from my neighbors in the 4th District,” said Chairwoman Dimitrijevic. “I invite all residents to attend a Town Hall meeting for open and honest discussion about issues facing Milwaukee County government.”

The Milwaukee County Board Overview of the County Executive’s 2013 Recommended Budget can be found at 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from noon to 1 p.m.
OASIS Senior Center 
2414 West Mitchell Street, Milwaukee

Monday, October 22, 2012 from 6 to 7 p.m.
South Shore Park Pavilion
2900 South Shore Drive, Milwaukee

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Pulaski Indoor Pool
2701 S. 16th Street, Milwaukee

David Hoffman, new member Milwaukee County Senior Hall of Fame

July 2, 2012

David Hoffman and Marina Dimitrijevic. Energetic Bay View resident David Hoffman’s volunteer work with AARP Wisconsin, Bay View Fox Run organizing committee, South Shore Connecting Caring Communities, the Wisconsin Senior Olympics (and more) earned him an induction to the Milwaukee County’s Senior Citizen Hall of Fame May 25 at the Italian Conference Center in Milwaukee. Milwaukee County Board Chairwoman Marina Dimitrijevic bestowed the award and was herself honored for eight years of service to the Commission on Aging. In May the Commission on Aging also inducted Mike Bogdonovich, Kathleen Brockman, Mary Ann Ganny, and Audrey Hemmer. —photo Jill Rothenbueler Maher

Results from today’s Milwaukee County Board meeting

May 24, 2012

CORRECTION ISSUED May 25, 2012 by Milwaukee County Board:
Please see the correction below to the Board meeting results issued yesterday.
•        15-2-1 (No: Borkowski, Sanfelippo; Abstain: Jursik) to reject a request that the County Board provide outside legal counsel, at County expense, to represent the Office of the Sheriff in all future legal matters.


•        12-6 (No: Alexander, Borkowski, Jursik, Sanfelippo, Schmitt, Taylor) to refer to the Finance, Personnel & Audit Committee a resolution to fully develop a graduated defined contribution pension plan to replace the existing defined benefit plan, and to report back with a final plan for implementation.

•        Unanimous vote to sustain the County Executive’s veto of the adopted allocation of anticipated 2012 Community Development Block Grant funding.

•        6-12 (Yes: Bowen, Harris, Lipscomb, Mayo, Romo West, Weishan) to lay over (item laid over with a 1/3 minority rules vote) to committee the request for a leave of absence for Captain Nancy Evans from the Classified to the Unclassified Service.

•        6-12 (Yes: Broderick, Johnson, Jursik, Mayo, Romo West, Dimitrijevic) to lay over (item laid over with a 1/3 minority rules vote) the appointment of Mr. Patrick Farley to the position of Director of Administrative Services.

•        17-1 (No: Mayo) to implement an Employer Group Waiver Plan retiree medication strategy for 2013.

•        11-7 (No: Borkowski, Broderick, Harris, Mayo, Stamper, Weishan, Dimitrijevic) to approve J.P. Morgan Securities as lead book-running underwriter, Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets as co-senior managing underwriter, and Siebert Brandford Shank & Company as co-manager for the refunding of the 2009B Taxable Pension Notes.

•        17-1 (No: Weishan) to approve the merging the Committees on Finance & Audit and Personnel into a nine-member standing committee with two co-chairpersons to improve the efficiency of legislative oversight and to amend Milwaukee County General Ordinances to reflect this change.

•        14-4 (No: Alexander, Borkowski, Sanfelippo, Taylor) to approve an amended resolution establishing Milwaukee County policy with respect to honoring detainer requests from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security-Immigration and Customs Enforcement

•        15-2-1 (No: Borkowski, Sanfelippo; Abstain: Jursik) to approve a request that the County Board provide outside legal counsel, at County expense, to represent the Office of the Sheriff in all future legal matters.

•        13-5 (No: Bowen, Johnson, Lipscomb, Mayo, Weishan) to reaffirm and adopt the Audit of Parks Infrastructure status report from the Department of Audit.

•        17-1 (No: Weishan) to confirm Ms. Sue Black to the position of Director of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture.

•        15-3 (No: Mayo, Romo West, Weishan) to authorize the Public Art Program and Committee to be placed on official hiatus to last no longer than the duration of 2012, while the County Executive along with the Department of Administrative Services provide reports on how to successfully locate an adequate funding source that will allow for the program’s reactivation and continuity, as outlined in County Board policy.

•        17-1 (No: Weishan) to approve a resolution requesting an extension of the Lake Parkway (Highway 794) from Edgerton Avenue to Highway 100 be added to the regional transportation system plan by the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission and that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation then conduct necessary preliminary engineering and environmental impact studies for the project.

•        17-1 (No: Weishan) to appoint Ms. Patricia Yunk to the position of Assistant Director of Intergovernmental Relations for Milwaukee County.

•        16-2 (No: Borkowski, Sanfelippo) to apply for and accept Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant funds.

All other items on today’s agenda were approved with no objection.  The complete digest agenda from today’s meeting can be found on the County Legislative Information Center:

Today’s meeting was first regular meeting of the 2012-2016 term.  The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 28, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse. 

Dimitrijevic new County Board chair

April 30, 2012

District 4 County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic was elected as new chair of the Milwaukee County Board. She replaces former Supervisor Lee Holloway, who retired.

Dimitrijevic was originally elected to the County Board in 2004 and reelected in 2008 and 2012.

LGBT Equality Wisconsin appoints Dimitrijevic to board

March 21, 2012

Equality Wisconsin voted to appoint Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic to the Board of Directors for the Equality Wisconsin Fund.

The Equality Wisconsin Fund is a charitable organization that seeks to better the lives of Wisconsin gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people by increasing public understanding and improved public policy through education, organizing, and civic engagement.

Supervisor Dimitrijevic was the lead sponsor of the resolution to extend health benefits to domestic partners of Milwaukee County employees.  The initiative was approved by the County Board and signed by the County Executive.

The Equality Wisconsin Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization that advocates for equality for all Wisconsin residents through educational programs and services.


Candidate Forum Wed., March 28, 7pm at BV United Methodist Church

March 18, 2012

The Bay View Compass, with the League of Women Voters, is presenting another Candidate Forum that will feature Aldermanic District 14 candidates Tony Zielinski and Jan Pierce, and Milwaukee County Board Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic (District 4) and Jason Haas (District 14).

Because Bill Buresh, who is running for the Milwaukee County Board District 4 seat, has elected not to participate and because there is no challenger for Milwaukee County Board District 14 seat, the incumbents will share the stage during the portion of the forum featuring the local county board races. 

Note: There were a number of requests for this event to be staged in a venue in the western portion of these districts. Regrettably, we were not able to find a location that was available, affordable, and/or accessible. 

Bay View Compass and League of Women Voters Candidate Forum
Wednesday, March 28
Bay View United Methodist Church 2772 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. (in the sanctuary/first floor)*
*The building is wheelchair accessible

Incumbent Tony Zielinski and Challenger Jan Pierce, 14 District Aldermanic District

Incumbents Marina Dimitrijevic (County Board District 4) and Jason Haas (County Board District 14)

Format: Questions posed to the candidates will be drawn from the audience members and presented to the candidates by moderator LuAnn Bird, who is representing the League Of Women Voters.

For more information contact Katherine Keller: or 414.489.0880

Candidate Q & A: Fourth District County Supervisor Race — Marina Dimitrijevic and Bill Buresh

March 1, 2012

As a follow-up to the Feb.7 Candidate Debate and Forum sponsored by the Compass and the Bay View Neighborhood Association, we once again offer a Q & A feature to provide our readers with more information about four candidates who will be on the ballot in the spring election April 3.

We asked the candidates to respond in 100 words or less to each of our six questions.

In the Milwaukee County’s 4th District, Bill Buresh is challenging incumbent County Board Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic.

Fourth District County Supervisor Race

Marina Dimitrijevic, Incumbent

Bill Buresh, Challenger

1. What issue is central to your platform?

Dimitrijevic Since my election in 2004, I have provided active, honest representation. I have been 100% committed to being an accessible, proactive county supervisor, which our district deserves. As a member of nearly 30 civic and neighborhood groups, I am connected to and have delivered proven results to our neighborhood. We have held over 140 town hall meetings, sent out monthly e-newsletters, conducted neighbor surveys, and we responded to people within 24 hours of being contacted. When I am re-elected I will continue my fight for improved parks, transit, and services for our seniors and persons with mental illnesses.

Buresh The issue most central to my platform is restoring county services. County Executive Chris Abele has outlined a plan to balance the budget and reduce the county debt. By having an annual reduction of the principal and interest payments, we could allocate more money to parks and transit, not debt. I would begin by working together with Chris Abele to balance the budget and reduce debt. Without frivolous spending, the county would not be forced to raise taxes annually.

2. How do you differentiate yourself from your opponent?

Dimitrijevic There are many differences between my opponent and me. I have a record of fighting for the quality of life issues that matter to us such as protecting our parks and promoting public transit. In addition to experience, I have received the support of organized teachers, firefighters, nurses, police officers, and public workers. Citizen groups like Voces de la Frontera, Citizen Action, and Equality Wisconsin have endorsed me because of my progressive vision. Unfortunately, my opponent has chosen to use the same sound bites that narrowly focus on the failed, conservative agenda that has divided our state.

Buresh Through the process of building my own businesses and working in real estate, I understand the value of a dollar and the individual concerns of small business owners and citizens. This is crucial when considering fiscal responsibility. The county currently holds a debt of over $450 million. Through smart and calculated spending, we can increase the quality of parks and transit while also curtailing the growing debt. My opponent Supervisor Dimitrijevic has called me a fake Democrat just as she did with Chris Abele because in her mind, it is impossible for a Democrat to be financially responsible.

3. The influx of federal Congestion Mitigation & Air Quality (CMAQ) funds has postponed, but not averted, the transit death-spiral endgame in Milwaukee County. How should the county proceed with respect to public transit issues? Describe one particular goal you will advance with respect to transit.

Dimitrijevic The issue facing our transit system is the lack of a dedicated funding source. In a recent referendum, voters chose a minor increase in the sales tax to preserve parks and transit. Without a secure funding source, we must continue to attract new riders by improving services that I have voted for: three express routes, 180 new, clean diesel buses, and bike racks. The use of new technology like real-time bus location, and new fare boxes are also ways to improve riders’ experiences. Public transit is critical to our local economy and we must continue to invest in our infrastructure.

Buresh During Supervisor Dimitrijevic’s time on the transit committee, the Milwaukee County Board has cut routes and increased fares, which has led to decreased ridership. The board has sat idle while the bus company continues its “death-spiral.” Southwest Airlines defied conventional thinking when it lowered airfares over all their competitors and continues to post quarterly profits. My own company reduced pricing, increased traffic and created jobs. I would take the transit union’s suggestion to eliminate paper transfers, which would lower fares and increase revenue. This would also streamline the fare system for smart card use, and keep the drivers safe.

4. Provide three examples of legislative creativity within the power of the county supervisor that would benefit
Milwaukee’s park system.

Dimitrijevic I am against the privatization of parks but open to increased partnerships. We are working with sponsors to help fund the revitalization of South Shore Beach. We can increase revenues by adding urban camping sites in certain parks. I am proud to have helped bring home millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades for our bike trail, public art, pavilion, and new play set. We must continue managing our natural resources wisely as we have with my Greenprint. As a longtime member of the South Shore Park Watch, I know it’s critical to have friends groups—our support makes a difference.

Buresh The county board approved a jobs program in 2012. I would work with the Parks Department to run the county’s own jobs training program. This will benefit us twofold: we will be teaching job skills and responsibilities to people who desperately need them and we will be fixing our park facilities at the same time. Sue Black has worked hard increasing park revenue only to have the county board punish her efforts by slashing her budget. I support rewarding hard work by guaranteeing her a stable budget that will go towards the estimated $200 million-plus in deferred maintenance.

5. How can you creatively convince state leaders to provide the funding level you feel is appropriate to meet the mental health support needs that Milwaukee County is responsible to deliver? Provide one specific example.

Dimitrijevic I am proud to have a strong record of standing up for quality health and human services for those who need it the most in Milwaukee County. As a member of the Commission on Aging, I have fought to ensure that the state removes the cap on Family Care so that seniors and disabled persons can be served. I also authored legislation calling for a new, downsized mental health facility, and increased community services. To do this, we must continue to partner with the state to help build more capacity while increasing clients’ choices and transparency.

Buresh The Crisis Resource Center (CRC) operated by Transitional Living Services provides excellent community-based care. CRC costs approximately $450 per day, versus the county mental health hospital that costs more than $1,300 per day. Currently, the state does not allow payments to the Crisis Resource Center to be credited towards the capitation rates of the HMOs. I will work with the state to allow facilities in the community, such as the CRC, to be included in the capitation rates. With this change, we may provide a more efficient and effective model of care.

6. The guaranteed energy savings contracts adopted under Milwaukee County’s Greenprint have begun to demonstrate the avoidance of at least hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy costs (see December 2011 Bay View Compass). As energy prices continue to rise, however, the county’s energy costs are likely to continue to increase the pressure on budgets. How will you approach this challenge?

Dimitrijevic As the author of our award-winning Greenprint legislation, I have helped make environmental sustainability a priority. What concerned me the most were our rising energy costs and the need to seek the most efficient way to use our resources. When I am re-elected, I will introduce a Greenprint Version 2.0 that will take our efforts to the next level. We will continue with our successful countywide energy-efficient upgrades that will save us millions, when paid off, and fund future upgrades, faster. I will work to increase our use of renewable energy such as wind and solar power.

Buresh I am all for energy saving initiatives when they make sense. There has never been an audit done to verify how much we are saving or whether we are saving at all through the Greenprint. Over $10 million has been added to the county debt load to put these improvements in place. I would push for an in depth comprehensive audit to determine which initiatives are working and continue with those, while getting rid of the initiatives that do not work. I would keep it simple, with the programs that give us the most bang for the county’s buck.

Watch the Feb 7 candidate debate/forum

February 12, 2012

The Bay View Compass and Bay View Neighborhood Association held a candidate forum Feb. 7 at Humboldt Park School.  The candidate included the following:

Incumbent 14th District Alderman Tony Zielinski and challenger Jan Pierce 

Incumbent Fourth District County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic and challenger Bill Buresh

Unopposed 14th District County Supervisor Jason Haas



4th District County Supervisor Dimitrijevic will face challenger

January 5, 2012

Bay View resident Bill Buresh collected enough signatures to be on the ballot of  the February primary and April election for Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors. He is challenging  County Board 4th District incumbent Marina Dimitrijevic.

Dimitrijevic was elected 4th District Supervisor in 2004 and was re-elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors in 2008. She possesses the distinction of being the youngest woman to be elected to the County Board at age of 22.

To see all the candidates vying for office in the upcoming primary and election see:

Dimitrijevic forms political action committee

January 30, 2011

Fourth District Milwaukee County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic decided not to run for county executive but instead announced the creation of “Next Generation Milwaukee PAC” on Dec. 29. Her PAC will “dedicate energies to electing forward-thinkers to the Milwaukee County Board.”

“We are going through a major transition in Milwaukee County government. After many years of neglect and service cuts from the Walker administration, it is up to those of us who are still here to assess the damage and begin to turn Milwaukee County around. This new direction must have progressive leadership and a County Board with an open mind to new ideas to solve old problems,” Dimitrijevic said in press release.

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