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Todd A. Berry or Dale Knapp
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Wisconsin Property Tax Myths Dispelled

New WISTAX Report Helps Property Owners Understand Changes in Tax Bills

November 13, 2014

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With property tax bills arriving soon, some taxpayers will again be surprised by unexpected changes in the amount of tax owed. “Often, these surprises are rooted in community-held myths about the property tax,” notes Todd Berry, President of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). A new WISTAX report, “Navigating the Property Tax,” dispels some of them and explains in lay terms how unexpected changes in individual tax bills can occur. WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and citizen education.

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Dale Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Wisconsin School Spending Changes Match U.S. During 2008-12

Badger State Cut Spending in 2012 While Other States Saw Earlier Reductions

September 8, 2014

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MADISON—Per student spending by Wisconsin’s public schools declined 6.2% in 2012 from $11,774 to $11,042. However, Wisconsin’s retrenchment was not unique, according to a new study from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). Another 19 states reduced spending in 2012, while some made cuts during the recession; six in 2009, 15 in 2010, and 21 in 2011. The new report, “How Have Schools Fared? Wisconsin vs. U.S.,” examines public school spending and revenues among the 50 states during and after the 2007-09 recession. WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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Dale Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

As Students Return, State Gets Report Card

Annual WISTAX-CWI Study Analyzes Wisconsin’s Competitive Position

September 5, 2014

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MADISON—As schools open and thoughts return to tests and grades, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) has released the only “report card” that annually benchmarks the state’s performance. Among the report’s findings, employment has grown steadily since 2010 and the unemployment rate is down about two points since peaking in 2009. WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education since 1932.

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Todd A. Berry or Stephanie Rubin
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Municipal Spending Declines

WISTAX Study Analyzes Post Act 10 Municipal Finances

September 3, 2014

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MADISON—The impact of the benefit and bargaining changes in 2011 Act 10 on city and village finances is apparent in recently released 2012 municipal spending data. After rising an average of 2.2% per year during 2006-11, net operating spending, a broad measure of municipal spending that excludes debt service and capital expenditures, fell 3.0% in 2012 to an average of $823 per capita in 244 of Wisconsin’s most populous municipalities. These figures are from MunicipalFacts14, an exclusive annual study just released by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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Dale Knapp or Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Statewide Property Values End Five-Year Decline, But Trends Vary by County

Total Equalized Values up 2.6%; Still Almost 7% Below 2008 Levels

August 28, 2014

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MADISON—After declining 9.1% during 2008-13, the current market value of all taxable property in Wisconsin rose 2.6% in 2014, signalling the end of the five-year slump in values—the longest decline in modern memory. However, at $479.5 billion, values remain almost 7% below the 2008 market peak of $514.4 billion, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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