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Todd A. Berry or David Callender
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Amid Healthcare Squabbles, Approaching Retirement, Economic Crises Go Unnoticed

Todd A. Berry, President, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

August 7, 2017

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MADISON— While the media were preoccupied with the fate of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), important news about Social Security, Medicare, and an impending federal debt crisis went unreported.

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Dale Knapp or David Callender
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Unlocking the Mysteries of Property Assessment

New WISTAX Explains How Higher Values Don’t Always Mean Higher Taxes

July 5, 2017

MADISON—”My assessment just went up. Now my property taxes will increase!” is a cry heard in many communities after local governments revalue properties. That conclusion is often wrong, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). In “Property Assessment: Understanding Property Valuation and Shifting Tax Burdens,” WISTAX’s property tax experts show that, following revaluation, individual taxes may rise or fall depending on value changes on other property in the community. Now in its 85th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.

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Dale Knapp or David Callender
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Despite Increases, Many Wisconsin Home Values Still Below 2008 Levels

Biggest Increases in West, Declines in Southeast

June 10, 2017

MADISON—Home values continued to rise statewide in Wisconsin last year, but they remained below pre-recession levels, according to a new report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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

Wisconsin Spends 40% of State Taxes and Fees on Property Tax Relief

Questions Remain on Effectiveness of State Relief Efforts

May 22, 2017

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MADISON—Last year, the state spent $9.8 billion, or 40% of all state taxes and fees, to reduce property taxes. The spending included state aid to local governments, direct property tax credits on December tax bills, and selected income tax credits. A new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “Wisconsin’s Many Forms of Property Tax Relief,” details amounts spent and explores the effectiveness of each type of relief. Now in its 85th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.

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Todd A. Berry or David Callender
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

Wisconsin Prison Population, Spending Ticks Up Again

Inmates More Likely to Be Older, Serving Longer Terms for Violent Crimes

May 1, 2017

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MADISON—After a brief decline, Wisconsin’s prison inmate population has begun to grow again, raising the prospect of increasing costs for taxpayers and renewed pressures on state finances, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). Now in its 85th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.  

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