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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.

Franklin resident: "I am overwhelmed by my tax bill"


Franklin Mayor Tom Taylor, Alderman Doug Schmidt, Alderman Steve Taylor, Alderman Timothy Solomon, Alderman Steve Olson, and Alderman Kristen Wilhelm received the following e-mail recently from a Franklin taxpayer.

The author has given me permission to publish the e-mail. I am withholding, by request, the author’s name.


Dear Common Council,

 

Gotta say, that in these economic times, I am overwhelmed by my tax bill.  It went up about $518.  We were already short based on last year's taxes, now it is even worse.  Currently, I am way under-employed.  My husband is under-employed and may not even have a job come January.  

 

Plus, the new assessments are way out of line for these economic times.  There is no way anyone would pay $244,000 for my house.  I think I would be lucky to sell it for $150,000 right now.  In fact, if anyone of you would like to pay $244,000 for my house, you've got a sale.  Because as soon as I can, I have got to move out of Franklin.  I cannot afford to live here.  Soon as I can, I am moving to Rhinelander where my taxes would be half of what they are here. 

 

Please stop spending our money.  I have had to cut way back.  Perhaps the city should cut back, too.  Quit building these "super-highway" roads all over the city.  Quit building parks and trails.  Quit trying to build new schools.  Quit hiring new policemen.  These things are not necessary right now.  We can make do with what we have.  That's what I have to do.  When I go shopping, I look at everything in my cart and ask myself, "Do I really NEED this?"  Perhaps that is what the city should be doing, too.

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