CHICAGO - The Milwaukee County board will vote Thursday on whether to give preliminary approval to a long-planned $400 million general obligation bond issue with the goal of smoothing out over the long term the growing burden of its unfunded pension liability.

The Finance Committee last week advanced the plan in a 6-to-1 vote to the full county board for a vote at its meeting Thursday. To pass, the measure must receive a majority of the 19 votes. If the full board approves, finance officials would need to return closer to the pricing for final approval.

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