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

Rising Debt Costs, Local Street Conditions Overlooked in Transportation Debate

Debt Costs Soon to Exceed 22% of State Transportation Fund

October 12, 2016

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Wisconsin’s ongoing transportation finance debate has mostly centered on whether to raise gas taxes and fees or delay projects, but new analyses from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) point to several issues that have been largely overlooked. Now celebrating its 85th year, WISTAX is a nonpartisan research organization dedicated to citizen education.

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

Will State-County Tensions Lead to Rethinking The Relationship?

Tensions Grow As Revenues Stagnate and Mandates Remain

September 27, 2016

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Pressure may be building for Wisconsin to revisit the longstanding relationship between counties the state government, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). The report, “County Government in Wisconsin: An Overview of Organization, Responsibilities, and Funding,” points to the growing tension between the two sides in recent decades as state aids have stagnated while program mandates have increased and state-imposed property tax limits have tightened.

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

Use of TIFâ€"Main Municipal Development Toolâ€"Continues to Grow

But Nearly 9% of TIF Districts Now Distressed

September 15, 2016

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Tax incremental financing (TIF)—the main development tool of Wisconsin cities and villages—has grown from 534 TIF districts in 1994 to 1,212 in 2015. While most TIFs are successful, local governments have designated 106, or 8.7% of the total, as either distressed or severely distressed. This indicates that district tax collections do not cover district costs.

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

Statewide Property Values Up 3.0% for 2016

Preliminary Figures Show Statewide Totals Still Trail Pre-Recession Peak

August 11, 2016

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The total value of taxable Wisconsin properties rose a modest 3.0% this year to $505.1 billion. However, they have still not reached their pre-recession peak recorded in 2008. This is the key finding from a Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) analysis of preliminary “equalized value” figures released by the state Department of Revenue (DOR)

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

WISTAX Wins National Award

Government Research Association awards most distinguished research

July 28, 2016

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The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) has received this year's award for Most Distinguished Research from the Governmental Research Association, a national association of non-profit research organizations that analyze policy at the regional and state level.

The award, given at the group's annual conference in Pittsburgh this month, recognized WISTAX for its groundbreaking 2015 report, "Evaluating Wisconsin's Approach to Determining Prevailing Wages," which examined how Wisconsin calculated prevailing wages used for public sector construction projects.

 

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