State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
The nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) provides some revealing data in its latest SchoolFacts report. Among WISTAX’s findings:
Since 1999-2000 (school year), per student spending has risen an average of 4.0% per year.
The increase in spending came in spite of state cuts in school aids and allowable revenue increases.
General (school) aids were reduced 2.9%.
The drop in general school aids resulted in above-average school property tax increases.
Total school levies rose 6.0% in 2009-10, the sixth increase over 5% in the past seven years.
School property tax increases topped 10% in 116 districts, compared to 72 last year.
Another 151 had levies rise between 5% and 10%, versus 115 in 2008-09.
A new development this year was 98 districts that did not tax to the maximum allowable under state law, including 47 that levied property taxes at least 5% under their limits.”
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