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Residency Requirement Debated in Milwaukee


Milwaukee, Wis. (Learfield) - Legislation which would end the residency requirement for police and fire fighters in the city of Milwaukee was the subject of a public hearing at the Capitol on Tuesday. The bill’s Assembly author, Waukesha Assembly Republican Bill Kramer, said the proposed legislation is a question of individual rights. But Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett noted that the residency requirement has been in place since 1938, and that city residents like it. “I view this as an outright assault on the city of Milwaukee’s local control.” The end of the residency requirement for Milwaukee police and fire fighters could lead to a drop in property values. And Barrett noted the average value of a home owned by a police officer or fire fighter is some $43,000 above the citywide average.