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Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - January 2004  •  Vol. 72 No. 1Room Taxes and Tourism Trends

    Total room tax collections in 2002 were up nearly 3.0% over 2001, but down  1.7% from 2000. In recent years, room taxes have been used to fund several major convention and performing arts centers across the state. Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - December 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 12State Finance Review: Plans and Prospects

    Facing a projected deficit, state officials had a tough time fashioning the 2003-05 budget last year. What does that budget teach about how the state taxes and spends? What does it suggest about state priorities? Was the “deficit... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - November 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 11Wisconsin's 2003 Total Taxes

    A combination of state and federal tax cuts and a slowing economy reduced Wisconsin’s total tax burden to 33.0% of personal income, its lowest level since 1986. Federal taxes were up 0.1% in 2003. State tax collections rose 2.1%,... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - October 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 10Options for County Organization

    As of January 1, 2003, 10 Wisconsin counties had a county executive, 14 had a county administrator and 48 used an administrative coordinator. Salaries ranged from $50,000 to more than $100,000. County board sizes ranged from seven to... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - September 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 9Perspectives on Municipal Finance

    From 1992 to 2002, municipal property taxes in the state’s 220 most populous cities and villages rose at a higher rate than personal income and more than twice the rate of inflation. Municipal debt continues to increase less than... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - August 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 8Major U.S. City Tax Comparisons

    In 2001, Milwaukee residents had among the highest property taxes in the nation. For most families, income taxes were in the top half of major cities studied, though sales and automobile taxes were relatively low. When these four major... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - July 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 7Technical Colleges in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin’s technical colleges enrolled more than 63,000 FTE students in 2001-02. Per student operating expenditures rose 65.5%, or 5.2% per year, over the 10 years ending in 2001-02. While taxpayer support for technical colleges... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - June 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 6Comparing Property Taxes, 2002-03

    Net property tax levies in Wisconsin increased 4.8% from 2002 to 2003. Property values were up 7.3%. Among local units of government, the technical college levy rose the most (5.9%), followed by county (5.0%), municipal (4.8%) and... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - May 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 5Trends in Municipal Law Enforcement

    Total law enforcement spending by 186 muni-cipalities rose at more than twice the rate of inflation from 1991 to 2001. Fast-growing municipalities added the most officers and had the highest spending increases. Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - April 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 4The Changing Face of School Staffing

    The average Wisconsin school district employee is over 45 years old. With many  teachers eligible to retire beginning at age 55, school districts will face challenges replacing more than one-fourth of their staffs. However, there... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - March 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 3Wisconsin Counties: Fiscal Perspectives

    County property tax levies and spending in six categories have increased faster than inflation and personal income growth in recent years. Of six expenditure areas studied, county spending on public safety had the highest percentage... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - February 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 2Use-Value Assessment

    Under use-value assessment, which assesses farmland on the basis of the income it generates, an estimated $644 million in property taxes were shifted from agricultural to other classes of property from 1996 to 2002.... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - January 2003  •  Vol. 71 No. 1School District Referenda

    The number and dollar amount of school district bond referenda rose during and after enactment of an increased state funding commitment to K-12 education. Recent data show the number of these referenda slowing, but districts are... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - December 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 12New Session . . . New Legislature?

    The 2003-04 Wisconsin legislature has been sworn in. There is much talk of a “new day.” Nevertheless, 114 of the 132 lawmakers are returning from last session. Republicans hold majorities in both houses—a relative... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - November 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 11Wisconsin's Total Taxes in 2002

    Total taxes and related fees in Wisconsin fell from 34.3% of income in 2001 to 33.7% in 2002. State individual income tax collections declined 3.4%, while corporate income tax collections dropped 6.4%. State sales tax collections rose 2.4%. Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - October 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 10Capital Ideas: Fiscal and Social

    This issue of The Wisconsin Taxpayer takes two very different approaches to public finance. The first looks at concrete issues of state budget processes and fiscal management. The second examines the elusive concept of “social... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - September 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 9Aiding Wisconsin's Schools

    The state provides two-thirds of state-local school revenues through various aids and property tax credits. In 2000-01, the state spent $5,018 per student on school aids. Wisconsin now ranks above average nationally (24th) in state... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - August 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 8Transportation Financing in Wisconsin

    Under existing plans, shortfalls in state transportation funding are projected in coming decades. Tough choices on both the expenditure and revenue sides of the ledger lie ahead. Rebuilding the southeastern Wisconsin freeway system... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - July 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 7Election 2002: Challenges Ahead

    As the 2002 elections draw near, candidates should be addressing the pressing problems Wisconsin faces. State funding of K-12 and higher education is one issue. The rising costs of health care and the state’s correctional system... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - June 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 6Election 2002: The Big Picture

    In November, Wisconsin voters will elect a governor and new legislature. This and the next issue of The Wisconsin Taxpayer focus on major issues facing the state. Changing demographics, economic competitiveness and state-local finances... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - May 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 5Property Tax Comparisons, 2001-02

    Net property tax levies in Wisconsin rose 7.2% from 2001 to 2002, only slightly lower than last year. Property values were up 9.1%. The technical college levy rose the most (9.7%), followed by the state (9.1%), county (7.9%),... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - April 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 4Tax Incremental Financing in Wisconsin

    Property values in Wisconsin tax incremental financing districts rose 20.6% from 2000 to 2001, the largest increase since 1983. However, the debate continues over the extent to which state tax-financing policy should be reformed. Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - March 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 3Do County Sales Taxes Lower Property Taxes?

    In 2001, county sales taxes generated $222.5 million for 55 Wisconsin counties. Although the collections are required to be used for property tax relief, less than full relief seems to be the norm. Twenty-one counties seem to be... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - February 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 2State and Local Public Employment

    Wisconsin had 52.7 full-time equivalent state and local employees for every 1,000 residents in 2000, fewer than the national average. But full-time pay for state and local workers was 3.0% above average. More than half of state and... Read More

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    Wisconsin Taxpayer Magazine - January 2002  •  Vol. 70 No. 1Background to a State Budget Crisis

    The state’s finances have become increasingly precarious in recent years. In January, Wisconsin learned it faced a $1.1-billion deficit. A review of the 2001-03 budget, together with past fiscal trends, provides insight into... Read More

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