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

State-Imposed Limits Slow Property Tax Growth in 2012

Final Figures Show Statewide Property Taxes Increased 0.2%

September 5, 2012

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MADISON—With municipal levy figures recently finalized, the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) reports that state taxpayers paid $9.36 billion in net property taxes in 2012. Statewide levies rose 0.2%, the smallest increase since 1997. In its latest report, "A Recap of 2011-12 Property Taxes," WISTAX also reviews the impact of tighter state limits on local property taxes. WISTAX is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.

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

Declining Enrollments Endanger Future of Rural Schools

August 31, 2012

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In one northern school district, the agricultural teacher doubles as the night custodian.

In another isolated district, students spend nearly an hour-and-a-half on the school bus to get to school.

In West Central Wisconsin, a district could not afford to run a high school and wanted to operate a kindergarten through 8th grade school and contract with other communities for high school but could not get state approval.

These are the challenges facing rural Wisconsin schools and they will only worsen in the next ten years as the state’s rural population continues to age and decline, creating a decrease in school enrollment in isolated districts, according to legislators and experts testifying at a state Senate committee hearing recently.

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

Wisconsin High on State Funding of Local Governments

Local “Returns” on Taxes Paid Vary Widely by Municipality, County

August 20, 2012

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MADISON— For every dollar state taxpayers send to Madison, 67¢ goes to local governments, schools, and property taxpayers, and not to running state agencies and programs. “This is a ‘silver bullet’ that explains much about public finance in Wisconsin and why government here is different from most states,” observes Todd A. Berry, head of the research team at the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). “And,” he adds, “it explains much of what is behind ongoing state fiscal challenges and the recurring tension that exists among state leaders, local officials, and taxpayers.” Celebrating its 80th year, WISTAX is dedicated to nonpartisan public policy research and citizen education.

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

Property Values Drop for Fourth Consecutive Year

Values Off 3.2%

August 16, 2012

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MADISON— Total property values in Wisconsin are off 3.2% for 2012, according to preliminary state figures. This marks the fourth consecutive year of decline according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) in its new report, “Property values skip recovery, drop for fourth year.” Celebrating its 80th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to public policy research and citizen education.

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Todd A. Berry
608-241-9789
wistax@wistax.org

The August Primary Could Be Your Only Chance to Choose

Do Your Homework, and Be Sure to Vote

August 1, 2012

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MADISON—With their mudslinging and vacuous ads, primary elections can be frustrating for voters, especially this year with the date moving from September to August.

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