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

Municipal Property Taxes Rise 2.0%, Outpacing Schools and Counties

Net Property Tax Collections Increase 1.4% to $9.86 Billion

June 9, 2014

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MADISON—With an increase of 2.0% over last year, municipal property taxes collected in 2014 will outpace growth in other local government levies. By type of municipality, town levies are rising 2.2%, slightly more than cities (2.0%) and villages (1.8%). These findings come from a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) review of preliminary property tax figures released last month.

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

Municipal Property Taxes Rise 2.0%, Outpacing Schools and Counties

Net Property Tax Collections Increase 1.4% to $9.86 Billion

June 9, 2014

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MADISON—With an increase of 2.0% over last year, municipal property taxes collected in 2014 will outpace growth in other local government levies. By type of municipality, town levies are rising 2.2%, slightly more than cities (2.0%) and villages (1.8%). These findings come from a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) review of preliminary property tax figures released last month.

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

Wisconsin State and Local Debt Situation Moderating?

WISTAX Study Shows Signs of Improvement in Wisconsin Borrowing

June 5, 2014

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MADISON—While federal debt amounts continue to climb, Wisconsin’s state-local debt load is showing some signs of stabilizing. A new report from Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “A Closer Look At Public Debt: With Federal Debt Rising, How is Wisconsin Doing?” shows that combined state-local debt grew 0.3% in 2012-13 (2013), its smallest increase since 2008. 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

In-Migration of Skilled Workers Needed to Spur State Economy

Slowing Number of Births Poses Challenge

May 22, 2014

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MADISON—With baby boomers retiring and state workforce growth stagnating, attracting people to Wisconsin to meet future labor needs will become increasingly important if the Wisconsin economy is to grow. That is the bottom line of a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “To spur the economy, Wisconsin will have to import . . . people!”

“The unfortunate reality for Wisconsin is that for the next several decades, our population will not grow much due to natural causes,” WISTAX President Todd A. Berry said. “Birth numbers will increase little, while the number of baby boomers passing away will rise.”
 

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

Population Shifts to Affect State’s Future Growth

WISTAX Highlights Economic and Tax Implications of Retiring Baby Boomers

May 5, 2014

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MADISON—Wisconsin is undergoing a major demographic shift that will impact employers, taxpayers, government, and the state economy’s ability to grow over the next 30 years. The state’s working-age population is expected to decline 0.2% between 2010 and 2040, while the number of seniors will nearly double, according to the latest report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), “The Impending Storm: Changing Demographics and Wisconsin’s Economic Future.” WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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