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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.

Highest Property Taxes since 1996 - Property Taxes Grow Nearly Five Percent

Taxes

According to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, property taxes are taking more from Wisconsin paychecks this year than they have since 1996:

 "Property taxes claimed 4.5% of personal income, the highest statewide share since 1996 (4.7%)." 

That follows a property tax increase of nearly 5% over 2009:

"Net property taxes totalled [sic] $9.4 billion in 2010, up 4.9% from the prior year, according to newly available state figures… These are key findings from two new reports from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX), one examining municipal-only taxes and one recapping total all-purpose levies." 

The real scandal isn’t that property taxes increased a lot. It is that increases of this size are normal.   According to WISTAX, “the 2010 increase matched or exceeded six of the previous 10 years.” Property taxes increased even faster during 2002 and 2008 than they did during 2010.

The real problem is that a 4.9% increase in property taxes is a norm, and is in line with the past ten years.

Taxes are increasing faster than inflation, far faster than personal income, while unemployment is over nine percent and wages are stagnant. And in Wisconsin, that is normal. 

It is no wonder Wisconsin is known as a tax hell. 

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