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Site Information

The MCAP site provides information about county division purchases and program disbursements. There are multiple opportunities throughout this site to view data on Milwaukee County government spending. Utilizing this site, you may:
  • Search and view payment totals by county division for each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2009.
  • Search and view payment totals by category of goods, services, or program disbursements for each fiscal year beginning with fiscal year 2009.
  • Drill down to detailed information about the payments.
  • Conduct basic or advanced searches for vendors and other recipients of county funds by name based on as much or as little information as you have available.
The financial data available on this site has been organized into three areas which include division, category, and vendor. Drill down features have been incorporated into the site such that total payments may be viewed at different levels of detail. Further information about individual payments may be available upon request pursuant to the Public Records Law of the State of Wisconsin (Chapter 19, Wis. Stats). Using the drill down capability of this site, you can start with a payment Category such as utilities. Selecting "utilities" will provide the next level of information, referred to as details, displaying payments for heat, electricity, natural gas, etc. Selecting "electricity" will provide you with the vendors (or companies) the county has paid for electricity. Similar functionality is available using the Division and Vendor search areas.





Site Disclaimer

Public Information

The County of Milwaukee makes information available on its website to enhance public knowledge and promote a better understanding of the County and its government. This information is provided pursuant to the Public Records Law of the State of Wisconsin (Chapter 19, Wis. Stats.). The County attempts to provide accurate, complete, and timely information. The County, however, cannot guarantee the quality, content, accuracy, or completeness of the information, text, graphics, links, and other items contained on its web pages because the material comes from a variety of sources, collected and maintained for different purposes. The County also retains the right to change any content on its website without prior notice.

Information provided on the County’s website should not be used as a substitute for legal, accounting, real estate, business, tax, or other professional advice. The County of Milwaukee assumes no liability for any damages or loss of any kind that might arise from the use of, misuse of, or the inability to use the County’s website and/or materials contained on the website. The County also assumes no liability for improper or incorrect use of materials or information contained on its website. All materials that appear on the County’s website are distributed and transmitted "as is", without warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied, and subject to the terms and conditions stated in this disclaimer.

The County strives to provide a safe and enjoyable computing environment. The County, however, assumes no liability for any virus or other contamination of or damage to your computer that might occur during or as a result of visiting its website.

The use of this website confirms that the user has read this disclaimer and agrees to be bound by its terms.

For contact information for county departments, please visit:
http://www.county.milwaukee.gov/Departments7723.htm.

Any information that is a closed record pursuant to the Public Records Law of the State of Wisconsin (Chapter 19, Wis. Stats) or other applicable county, state or federal law or regulation will not be published on this site. However, every effort has been made to report all relevant financial data where possible. In some instances names of individuals have been withheld to protect their confidentiality. Some payments are initiated outside the countywide financial system and while the financial expenditures associated with these payments may be reported on this site, it may be necessary to contact the county departments processing those payments for further information.

Site Availability

This site will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week except during necessary site maintenance. The information published will contain current financial transactions and will be based on the information available at the time.

Updating Financial Records

All expenditure information is based on the county’s fiscal cycle, which runs from January 1 through December 31 each year. Information for prior fiscal years will not change after the close of the fiscal year. Information for the current fiscal year will be updated at the close of each business day. Information is presented as originally processed.

Procurement Cards

Purchases made using a procurement card are included in the amounts reported on this site. The vendor name associated with these payments is the banking institution which maintains the procurement card accounts and not the actual name of the business where the purchase was made. These payments will be displayed using vendor name Procurement Card Payment.

Milwaukee County Employee Salaries

Information regarding county employee payroll and fringe benefit payments will be made available on this site at a future date.



Site Glossary

Below are key terms associated with the MCAP Expenditure site.
  • Department - The term Department is the highest level of functional organization of Milwaukee County government.
  • Division - The term Division is the next level of functional organization under each Department. The MCAP site will display the Division that processed the payments.
  • Category - The term Category is used to describe types of goods, services, and program disbursements. Examples of some of the Categories used on this site include Community Services, Inventory, Food, and Utilities.
  • Detail - The term Detail is used to give more specific information for each of the Categories. For example, the Utilities category is used to group payments made for Electricity, Heat, Natural Gas, and Water.
  • Vendor - The term Vendor refers to the business entity and/or individual the County paid. The names displayed on this site correspond to the name on the check which is limited to 30 characters. Vendor names are not unique. Therefore, an entity with multiple locations may be displayed several times.




Page-Specific Help

Payments by Division

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The Payments by Division page displays total payment amounts by Division for payments made for goods, services, and program disbursements during the fiscal year displayed in the Fiscal Year selection box. To view more specific information about the payments for a Division, click on the Division name.

To view this information for a different fiscal year, select the year from the Fiscal Year selection box and click the GO button. Click on any column heading to sort the data. Multiple clicks on a column heading toggle the sort order from ascending to descending. When using a web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, please utilize the drop down selection boxes located at the bottom of the page to change the sort order of the data.


Division Payments by Category

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The Division Payments by Category page displays total payment amounts summarized by category for the fiscal year displayed in the Fiscal Year selection box for the Division selected on the Payments by Division page. To view more specific information about the payments for a category, click on the category description.

To view this information for a different fiscal year, select the year from the Fiscal Year selection box and click the GO button. Click on any column heading to sort the data. Multiple clicks on a column heading toggle the sort order from ascending to descending. When using a web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, please utilize the drop down selection boxes located at the bottom of the page to change the sort order of the data.


Division Payments by Category Detail

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The Division Payments by Category Detail page displays summarized payment amounts for the detail items included in the Category selected on the Division Payments by Category page for the fiscal year displayed in the Fiscal Year selection box. Click on a detail description to see a list of vendors who received payment for the detail item.

To view this information for a different fiscal year, select the year from the Fiscal Year selection box and click the GO button. Click on any column heading to sort the data. Multiple clicks on a column heading toggle the sort order from ascending to descending. When using a web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, please utilize the drop down selection boxes located at the bottom of the page to change the sort order of the data.


Division Payments for a Category Detail by Vendor

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The Division Payments for a Category Detail by Vendor page displays payment amounts summarized by vendor for the category detail selected on the Division Payments by Category Detail page for the fiscal year displayed in the Fiscal Year selection box.

To view this information for a different fiscal year, select the year from the Fiscal Year selection box and click the GO button. Click on any column heading to sort the data. Multiple clicks on a column heading toggle the sort order from ascending to descending. When using a web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, please utilize the drop down selection boxes located at the bottom of the page to change the sort order of the data.



Payments by Category

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The Payments by Category page displays total payment amounts for all Categories of goods, services, and program disbursements that were made during the fiscal year displayed in the Fiscal Year selection box. To view more specific information about the payments for a category, click on the category description.

To view this information for a different fiscal year, select the year from the Fiscal Year selection box and click the GO button. Click on any column heading to sort the data. Multiple clicks on a column heading toggle the sort order from ascending to descending. When using a web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, please utilize the drop down selection boxes located at the bottom of the page to change the sort order of the data.


Payments by Category Detail

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The Payments by Category Detail page displays summarized payment amounts for the detail items included in the Category description selected on the Category page for the fiscal year displayed in the Fiscal Year selection box. Click on a detail description to see a list of vendors who received payments for the detail item.

To view this level of detail information for the same Category for a different fiscal year, select the year from the Fiscal Year selection box and click the GO button. Click on any column heading to sort the data. Multiple clicks on a column heading toggle the sort order from ascending to descending. When using a web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, please utilize the drop down selection boxes located at the bottom of the page to change the sort order of the data.


Payments for a Category Detail by Vendor

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The Payments for a Category Detail by Vendor page displays summarized payment amounts by vendor for the category detail selected on the Category Details page for the fiscal year displayed in the Fiscal Year selection box.

To view this level of detail information for the same vendor and category detail for a different fiscal year, select the year from the Fiscal Year selection box and click the GO button. Click on any column heading to sort the data. Multiple clicks on a column heading toggle the sort order from ascending to descending. When using a web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, please utilize the drop down selection boxes located at the bottom of the page to change the sort order of the data.


Search by Vendor

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The Search by Vendor page is the starting point for viewing payment information to a specific vendor for a selected fiscal year. Enter all or part of the vendor name you wish to find, select a fiscal year from the selection box and click GO. The search will return a listing on the Vendor Search Results page of all vendors for the selected fiscal year whose vendor name contains the exact phrase entered in the search box.

Click on the Advanced Vendor Search link for more specific search capabilities. Examples of the additional search options available here include searches where the vendor name starts with or ends with specific words or characters.


Advanced Vendor Search

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The Advanced Vendor Search page offers additional options for performing more specific vendor searches. The additional search options available on this page include searches where the vendor name starts with or ends with specific words or characters, searches where the vendor name sounds like a particular word, or searches where the vendor name contains an exact phrase.


Vendor Search Results

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The Vendor Search Results page displays a listing of the vendors matching the search criteria entered on the Search by Vendor page for the desired fiscal year. Click on a vendor name to see a list of the goods, services, or program disbursements for the selected vendor during the fiscal year displayed in the Fiscal Year selection box. If the desired vendor is not included in the search results listing, change the search criteria and/or select a different fiscal year and click on the GO button to begin another search.

Click on the Advanced Vendor Search link for more specific search capabilities. Examples of the additional search options available here include searches where the vendor name starts with or ends with specific words or characters.

The search results may return multiple records with the exact same vendor name because vendor names are not unique. An entity with multiple locations may be displayed several times. For example, a search is done for a vendor named John Doe. If payments were made to John Doe from Greenfield, John Doe from Cudahy and John Doe from Wauwatosa, the search results will list John Doe three times.

Click on any column heading to sort the data. Multiple clicks on a column heading will toggle the sort order from ascending to descending. When using a web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, please utilize the drop down selection boxes located at the bottom of the page to change the sort order of the data.


Payments to Vendor by Category

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The Payments to Vendor by Category page displays a listing of summarized payments by goods, services, or program distribution category made during the fiscal year displayed in the Fiscal Year selection box for the vendor selected on the Vendor Search Results page. Click on a category description to view detailed information about the payments made to this vendor for this category.

To view this level of information for the same vendor for a different fiscal year, select the year from the Fiscal Year selection box and click the GO button. Click on any column heading to sort the data. Multiple clicks on a column heading will toggle the sort order from ascending to descending. When using a web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, please utilize the drop down selection boxes located at the bottom of the page to change the sort order of the data.


Payments to a Vendor for a Category

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The Payments to a Vendor for a Category page displays summarized payment amounts for the detail items included in the Category description selected on the Payments to Vendor by Category page for the fiscal year displayed in the Fiscal Year selection box.

To view this level of information for the same vendor and category for a different fiscal year, select the year from the Fiscal Year selection box and click the GO button. Click on any column heading to sort the data. Multiple clicks on a column heading will toggle the sort order from ascending to descending. When using a web browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer, please utilize the drop down selection boxes located at the bottom of the page to change the sort order of the data.