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.
I’ve blogged about the city’s plans to enact a budget that won’t increase property taxes. The latest city newsletter re-emphasizes the good news:
“The highlight of the budget is that property taxes remain frozen at the 2013 level. State law would allow total property tax collections to increase nearly $300,000, but the Mayor has proposed no additional property taxes for 2014.”
What’s it mean?
“The average homeowner should see a reduction in the City’s share of their total property tax bill by nearly 2.5 percent.”
Again, what does that mean?
“A home assessed last year at $250,000 with a reassessment this year to $227,500 would see a
reduction in their property tax bill of approximately $36.11 for municipal purposes.”
That’s significant because in recent years, many WI municipalities saw the explainable but unacceptable trend of property values decreasing while property taxes were increasing.
Also of note, Franklin is adding personnel.
“All of this will be done with no new tax levy…”
Interesting. We’re always told that adding positions costs money, meaning an automatic tax increase. Not this year, however.
See. Freezing the levy without affecting services can be done.