Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

State Budget Watch: Schools, taxpayers about to feel the pinch

State budget, Taxes

Confronted with budget deficits of billions of dollars after continuous high levels of taxing and spending, the state in its 2009-11 state budget approved cuts in aid to local school districts. The cut of 2.7 percent during 2009-10, according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) constitutes “the first aid reduction in modern memory.”

One school district, North Lakeland, lost all (100 percent) of its state aid.

The ramifications of the state budget dilemma are not good news for school districts or local taxpayers.

WISTAX calculates that only about one in nine school districts (48) are likely to cut property taxes this year, 181 could increase taxes by 10 percent or more, and 111 could  increase taxes by 5 -10 percent.

If every school district raises its taxes to the revenue limit, the statewide increase this December would be 7.8 percent. When statewide increase started approaching that level and beyond during the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, taxpayers revolted, and the Qualified Economic Offer (QEO) was born. Now the QEO has been repealed by Governor Doyle and Democrats that control both houses of the legislature, and WISTAX reports that could mean big compensation increases, cuts in school programs and staff, and large school tax increases.

Read more in this
WISTAX release.

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