Press Releases

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

State’s Per Pupil Spending Falls Below National Average as Benefit Costs Decline

August 28, 2017

As the school year begins, lawmakers have yet to agree on a new state budget for the next two years. Part of the reason for the delay is school funding, which is no surprise. School finance here is painfully complex, making it easy for politicians to manipulate school spending figures to score partisan points.  

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

Despite Increases, Property Values Continue to Lag in 29 Counties

Residential Market Still Slow to Rebound

August 21, 2017

MADISON—The total value of Wisconsin property reached its highest level this year, but more than a third of the state’s 72 counties have yet to exceed their 2008 values, according to a new report by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.

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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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