Voters in Kenosha and Racine saw similar referendum questions when it came to funding public safety, but different results came from the two cities just about 10 miles apart.
Both referendums included funding for new police officers. In Racine, additional public safety measures were included. In Kenosha, the referendum also supported new firefighter positions. In Racine, the referendum was voted down with 56% of voters opposing it. In Kenosha, the referendum was passed with 53% of voters in support of it.
Racine 12th District Alderman Henry Perez was one of the "no" votes in his city.
"I, for example, voted no because I know the city can handle the [reallocation] of the money they have right now to address the need. And it's not fair to have our community have to contribute to what we would probably do anyway," Perez said.