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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

UPDATE: Get ready, Franklin for your big fat annual school tax increase

As expected, Franklin’s totally out of touch school board, falsely believing it has budgeted responsibly, voted in favor of a 3.9% school property tax levy increase Wednesday night. Two board members, Janet Evans and Linda Witkowski, commendably, voted NO.


However, there was a very surprising twist. Because this was the Annual Meeting of the Electors, residents in attendance were ALSO allowed to vote. In a glaring demonstration of a) how apathetic Franklin is and b) how silly it is to have a public meeting and vote on property taxes in late August, the final vote was 10-10.

I know. It’s goofy. The entire meeting was meaningless. The levy will be voted on later by just the school board that has every intent of ramming a 3.9% increase down the throats of beleaguered taxpayers even though, NEWS FLASH Dr. Patz and board members, we’re in a recession. Don't forget the inflation rate is 1.1%.

Mark Schaaf of FranklinNOW has the bare bones account of what transpired (Mark, just remember, it's the levy that's important, not the rate). Blogger Bryan Maersch was also there, voted NO, and provides more details.

The Franklin School Board ignorantly asserts that the system simply couldn’t manage without a big tax increase. That’s because they don’t get it and they don’t care.

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