Vote on Downtown Streetcar Project Delayed Again

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The final decision on the downtown streetcar proposal has been postponed by Milwaukee Common Council.

The council has voted in the favor of the $124 million project, but a procedural vote moved the final decision of approval until next meeting in February. It has happened second time. First time the approval was delayed when District 11 Alderman Joe Dudzik used the procedural maneuver to postpone the vote until this meeting. He gave last minutes changes to funding as the reason to postpone.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said that the council took a vote that shows that they believe in the future of Milwaukee. He further said that this project was the future of Milwaukee and investing in the future, building economic base, creating more jobs and helping people get around.

The city was given $55 million from the federal funds for the streetcar project.

Both the mayoral candidate from Milwaukee, Aldermen Bob Donovan and Joe Davis have been opposing the proposal and have been pushing to stop the project.

A petition effort is underway, and if they get 32,000 signatures, the issues would be forced to a referendum. Council President Michael Murphy who voted in favor of the project said that he wants to make sure there is enough time to gather signatures.

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