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.
NOTE: THIS BLOG IS EXTREMELY WONKY, FILLED WITH DISCUSSION ABOUT GOVERNMENT POLICIES THAT RELATE TO FINANCES. THE INFORMATION, THOUGH NOT THE SEXIEST, IS IMPORTANT TO PROPERTYTAXPAYERS WHO CARE ABOUT THEIR BILLS AND WILL TAKE THE TIEM TO READ (THAT WOULD EXCLUDE A LARGE PORTION OF FRANKLIN TAXPAYERS WHO SIMPLY BEND OVER AND TAKE THEIR ANNUAL ROBBING PERPETRATED BY LOCAL OFFICIALS).
The headline this week in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel should not have been shocking or surprising:
Report: Property values dropped, taxes didn't
How can that be, inquiring minds were asking. We return to the sub-headline:
Local governments raised rates to maintain property tax revenue, Public Policy Forum says
Of course they did! Don’t they always? They could and they did!
Reminds me of Scott McCallum’s failed gubernatorial race many years ago. During the campaign he said local units of government were big spenders. McCallum got punished at the polls for simply telling the truth.
At the local level of government, those with taxing and spending authority are diseased, addicted. They can’t help themselves. They don’t conserve or cut expenses to be taxpayer-friendly. Their solution to every budget cycle is merely to raise taxes by whatever they choose to, whether it’s fair or not.
Reader’s Digest: Even during a downturn in the economy, they will find a way to screw the local taxpayers.
Again, inquiring taxpayers wonder how can that be?
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
“Total property values in southeastern Wisconsin dropped 5% in 2012, but municipal and school district property tax levies did not follow suit, says a Public Policy Forum report to be released Wednesday.
“As values declined for the fourth consecutive year, local governments and school districts boosted 2012 property tax rates an average of 6.3% to sustain levies for their 2013 budgets.
“The report examines a standard component of budget-setting practices for school districts, cities, villages, towns and counties in Wisconsin: If property values decline, then the tax rate applied to each property must increase to yield an equal or greater amount of property tax revenue than the previous year.
“As a consequence, a decrease in the assessed value of one's home does not always translate into a lower tax bill, according to the report.”
My guess is this would not be startling news if discussed at Friday night fish fries. Most, if not all property taxpayers upon learning this information would react with rather negative views of the local people in power. Those folks with authority look down on the people that pay the bills. The reality is that most are aware of the scam, the racket, the game that’s being played.
I blogged about this in 2009 when property values went down but assessments did not.
They’ll deny it and place blame elsewhere, but the local pols are playing taxpayers for fools because they know they can, and their constituents will just sit back and take it.