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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
THE FOLLOWING IS A FRANKLINNOW.COM, THIS JUST IN EXCLUSIVE AS WE TAKE YOU INSIDE A FRANKLIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING TODAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012:
FRANKLIN SUPERINTENDENT STEVE PATZ TO HIS SECRETARY: Get me Business Manager Jim Milzer in here right away!
SECRETARY: Yes sir, right away!
MILZER IN THE DULLEST, MOST DEAD-PAN DELIVERY THAT COULD PUT 100 INSOMNIACS TO SLEEP: You called for me, Superintendent?
PATZ: Yes I did. I have urgent news for you.
MILZER: Yes, Superintendent.
PATZ: This is big, really big.
MILZER: Is there a bomb at the high school?
PATZ: No, there’s not a bomb at the high school. It’s much bigger than that.
MILZER: Scott Walker is resigning?
PATZ: Will you just listen for a moment!
MILZER: Sorry, fearless leader.
PATZ: Oh, this is exquisite.
MILZER: Whatever you say, Superintendent.
PATZ: The state just came out with their numbers on school district aid for this year.
MILZER: GASP! NO!
PATZ: Yes, they did.
MILZER: Wait. Before you go any further, I’d better sit down.
PATZ: Yes, please do. Are you alright?
MILZER; I think so. Ok. I’m ready.
PATZ: Jim, the state is giving us $378,000 less, a $2.6% decrease in state aid to our schools.
MILZER: YES! YES! YES!
PATZ: Quiet you fool! You want someone to hear us, like FranklinNOW ace reporter Rick Romano?
MILZER: Not to worry, Steve. We’ve got Rick Romano entrenched in our hip pocket.
PATZ: You’re correct. And by the way, that’s Superintendent to you. Or have you forgotten I’m one of the highest paid superintendents in the state even though I tried to leave here and work somewhere else.
MILZER: Sorry, Superintendent.
PATZ: That’s better. Now, the state is giving us $378,000 less, a $2.6% decrease in state aid to our schools. You know what that means?
MILZER: Cue Kool and the Gang. Celebrate good times, C’MON!
PATZ: Will you keep it down! Let’s get serious. You know what to do.
MILZER: You mean Secret Weapon Spin Machine #1?
MILZER: You want me go into…
PATZ: Woe is me, cry the blues mode.
MILZER: Ooooh, I just love this!
PATZ: OK, let’s hear it, just to play it safe.
MILZER: Yes, Steve, uhh, I mean, Superintendent. AHEM. Dear
PATZ: That’s it! Use that on the school board and we’re sure to get votes.
MILZER: How many votes?
PATZ: Enough to get a few of them to fold?
MILZER: Think it’ll work?
PATZ: Jim, Jim. Didn’t you get an entire board to vote for a 13% tax increase when you told them it was a 5-6 % increase?
MILZER: (Grinning sheepishly) Oh, yeh!
PATZ: Put on that sad face, and go get ‘em!
Here in Tax Hell,
A few months ago, the
A) Won’t notice
B) Will bend over and take it
Follow along with me. The timeline is such:
October 24, 2012: We’ll see what the Franklin School Board is truly made of when it adopts the final school property tax levy. It will be certified on November 2, 2012.
As of now, the proposed budget would impose a 3.5% property tax levy increase, far beyond the rate of inflation.
Less than two weeks later, on November 6, 2012,
Left-hand jab followed by right-hand knockout.
Those with taxing authority in
Back to the future...
I'm waiting for some school board member(s) to express outrage or opposition to what's transpiring. Someone, anyone?
I'm guessing we have fiscally conservative votes in Janet Evans and Aimee Schluetter.
The rest? Are you kidding me? Linda Witkowski? Tim Nielson? Can't trust them as far as we can throw them.
Franklin school tax increase during a crummy economy...here it comes.