The Milwaukee County board this week approved a $1.4 billion budget that paves the way for a $400 million pension obligation bond issue.

The board rejected most of County Executive Scott Walker’s plans to privatize a series of county services and his efforts to hold the property tax levy steady at $250 million. The board increased the levy by 3.1% to $257.7 million. It also rejected a proposal to spend $500,000 to hire consultants to work on a possible long-term lease of Mitchell International Airport.

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