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.
This week, the state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau released the tax base changes due to new construction for every city, village, town and county in Wisconsin. These numbers are important because under the levy limit program, each municipality and county is permitted to increase its 2008-09 tax levy by a percentage equal to its tax base change due to net new construction or 2%, whichever is greater.
If you look on page 46 of the Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo, you’ll see the numbers for Milwaukee County. Franklin’s change is 3.1%. I certainly hope the Franklin Common Council and the Franklin School Board are paying attention.
It seems the city could be on target to meet the 3% levy increase Mayor Taylor promised as a ceiling. It’s anybody’s guess what the Franklin School Board, a bunch that would make Jesse James proud, is going to do, but it'd be nice if they would make some effort to try to stick to the same levy limit as the city.