Clueless Thy Name Is Milwaukee Government


Clueless Thy Name Is Milwaukee Government

CREATED Feb. 27, 2013

I thought a listener was pulling my leg when he e-mailed me about this.  I mean, government in Milwaukee couldn't really be this screwed up, could it?

If you couldn't guess, that was a rhetorical question.

Last Friday, the Milwaukee County Treasurer ran a huge ad in the local newspaper listing all unclaimed funds currently in the possession of Milwaukee County.  The 2013 list also appears on the Treasurer's web site.

Check out Page 37.

It seems that the Milwaukee County Treasurer is holding $1300 in unclaimed funds belonging to "The City of Milwakee, Treasurer".

Hmm?  Who could this money belong to?  Should we put Ed Flynn on the case when he finds the time between press conferences and appearances before Congress?

Or would it be going out on a limb to suggest that the unclaimed dough actually belongs to the "City of Milwaukee, Treasurer"?

Perhaps more importantly, is the system so screwed up that what is almost certainly a typo could really prevent the Milwaukee County Treasurer from figuring out that he's holding money belonging to the City of Milwaukee?  I guess so.

As for the City of Milwaukee, I guess that a municipality whose Mayor is ready to drop over $100 million on a 2.1 mile street car line that almost no one will ride is so flush with money that they'd never notice a little thing like a missing $1300.

Anyway, according to the web site, "The City of Milwakee" can claim its $1300 at "the Safety Building, 821 W. State Street Room 117, Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 AM and 4 PM.  Acceptable PHOTO ID IS REQUIRED."

Maybe Tom Barrett can take a $1300 walk over lunch hour and collect the unclaimed money on behalf of his constituents.  If he goes though, he should remember to bring along a photo ID.

And no, the irony of that isn't lost on me.

By the way, it says on the same page that the County also has $1170 belonging to the City of Wauwatosa. I wonder where that rightful owner could be hiding?