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.
A whopping 5.6% school tax levy increase is at stake.
Meanwhile, this was reported in today’s Kenosha News:
School districts can stop wringing their hands over how much aid they will receive from the state and, in turn, how much they will have to levy from property taxpayers. (now that there is a state budget)
With no state budget in sight Oct. 15 - the statutory deadline for the state Department of Public Instruction to certify aid amounts to school districts - schools were provided with projected figures that assumed the total pool of aid would go unchanged from the previous biennial budget.
Because of that, local districts prepared to increase their property tax levies, to pay for their operations while making up for lost growth in state aid.
Patrick Gasper, a Department of Public Instruction spokesman, said state law now requires those higher levies will remain intact, despite the fact that the soon-to-be-adopted budget includes a 2.1 percent increase in aid this year.
Gasper said taxpayers will be made whole by a school property tax credit on their tax bills, which is intended to counterbalance the additional school levy they will be forced to pay.
Overall, the tax bill on the average, $170,000 Wisconsin home is expected to rise $98 over the next two years, according to a Legislative Fiscal Bureau report.
Did you catch that?
…..the soon-to-be-adopted (state) budget includes a 2.1 percent increase in (school) aid this year.
I submit a 5.6% school tax levy increase is not only unnecessary but irresponsible.
FRANKLIN SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PLANNING A 5.6% INCREASE IN THE SCHOOL TAX LEVY, AND ANOTHER HUGE REFERENDUM. CONTACT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS NOW TO TELL THEM YOU OPPOSE BIG TAX INCREASES!