Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

City of Milwaukee: The Collection of Municipal Fees

This report evaluates Milwaukee's system for collecting municipal fees to help the city address problems related to delayed payment. After examining the collection process across departments and fees, the study quantitatively analyzes factors that may influence initial collection. It determines that certain collection practices — particularly penalties for late payment — are strongly associated with timely payment. The authors offer policy options for increasing collection rates and suggestions for further analysis. Presentation slides

Additional Info

  • Volume or issue no.: Workshop in Public Affairs, Public Affairs 869, taught by Andrew Reschovsky in Spring 2011
  • Author(s): Melissa Berger, Stephen Collins, Patrick Fuchs, Emily Ley, and Lara Rosen
  • Client Name: the City of Milwaukee Budget and Management Division