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Todd A. Berry or Dale J. Knapp
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Tax Incremental Financing Growing

Primary Municipal Development Tool Used by 385 Cities and Villages

May 15, 2009

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In 2008, more than 1,000 Wisconsin tax incremental finance (TIF) districts in 389 municipalities generated $334.4 million in property taxes. At 3.5% of gross property taxes, TIF levies are approaching in dollar value total municipal levies for towns (3.7%) and villages (4.0%), according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). 

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

Proposed Budget Has $2.8 Billion in New State Taxes, Fees

New Revenues Won’t Erase Structural Deficit

March 30, 2009

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Over this and the next two years, state budget legislation enacted or pending would increase taxes and fees $2.82 billion, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

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

Is Proposed State Spending for 2009-11 Up 0.7% or 10.7%?

WISTAX Examines Spending, Taxes in New Budget

February 27, 2009

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The proposed 2009-11 state budget holds general fund spending increases to under 1% but hikes by 10.7% expenditures from all revenue sources: from $56.7 billion in 2007-09 to $62.7 billion in 2009-11. The budget also seeks to increase state taxes by a total of $2.5 billion over the next three years, most notably on businesses, large and small; hospitals; smokers; investors; and higher-income individuals.

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

Wisconsin's Most Unmentioned Story of 2008?

State Financial Statements Show Fiscal 2008 GAAP Deficit of $2.5 Billion

December 31, 2008

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Wisconsin closed its books on fiscal year 2008 with a $2.5 billion deficit, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), a nonprofit, nonpartisan group dedicated to policy research and citizen education. The deficit figure was reported in the state’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) prepared by the state controller, audited by the Legislative Audit Bureau, and released before Christmas.

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

Wisconsin Ranks 11th in Total Government Units with 3,120

WISTAX Report Shows Towns Most Common

December 17, 2008

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Wisconsin has 3,120 units of government according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), which compares the number of municipalities, school districts, special districts, and counties in Wisconsin and other states.

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