Focus Newsletter Status of Wisconsin cities and villages (I): Fiscal and economic health
August 29, 2016 • Vol. 2016 No. 16
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A new WISTAX study examines the state of Wisconsin’s roughly 600 cities and villages. During 2011-14, their property taxes grew 5.2%, while their state aids fell 7.5%. Spending for public safety and, to a higher degree, streets has been maintained, but debt service costs have jumped. A survey of municipal officials shows that they rated job growth more positively in large communities than small.