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.
It’s been well-documented on these blogs that Franklin Alderman Lyle Sohns at a recent Common Council meeting brandished individual property tax records of Franklin bloggers. In the case of Greg Kowalski who doesn’t pay property taxes, Sohns had the records of Kowalski’s mother.
Some bloggers speculated that Cal Patterson, Director of Finance & Treasurer for the city of Franklin compiled the data on city time, and I made a reference to that as well in my last blog.
Alderman Sohns sent me an e-mail today to respond to my request about Fountains of Franklin. In the e-mail, he offered this clarification about the property tax files:
‘It’s important that you know that Mr. Patterson did not prepare the ‘economic documents containing individual property tax data’ that I believe you are referring to. I personally collected the data and prepared the presentation material myself. I went to the Assessors Office with addresses in hand and requested the historic assessment values for the properties I chose for my sample. The same information is available to you or anyone else as a matter of public record, for the same modest fee that I paid.”