Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
From the WI Taxpayers Alliance:
“With tighter property tax limits in place, total property tax levies rose 0.8% to $10.47 billion in 2013. Combined with last year’s 0.2% increase, 2013 marked the first in at least 67 years that gross levies increased less than 1% in back-to-back years. After subtracting various credits, net property taxes claimed 4.1% of state personal income. Over the past 10 years, net levies have ranged from 4.1% to 4.4% of personal income. Municipal levies rose 1.5% last year, the smallest increase in 30 years.”
That, of course, is great news. But the same cannot be said for school property tax levies, especially here in Franklin where the Jesse James mentality rules.
The point is, in some places, don’t expect property tax relief when school boards offset savings by a bunch with their huge increases, in Franklin’s case, approved by voters in more than one referendum.
Yes, Franklin taxpayer. When you open your annual Christmas present from City Hall this December, thank your voting neighbor (and the school administration and the school board) for sticking it to you.