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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.

I was wrong about the Franklin school survey

Last week in my blog, "Franklin School District sets trap for Franklin taxpayers," I wrote the following about the Franklin School District’s Facilities Planning Survey:

"Toss the survey in the trash where it belongs."

A few days later, lo and behold, there it was in my mailbox.

What the hell, I thought. I paid for it. Might as well open it up and take a look.

And I have decided I was wrong to suggest throwing it in the garbage. Instead, I now highly recommend you read it and fill it out, especially if you’re like me, one of the many, many, many mad as hell, we’ve had it up to here with all the high taxing and spending in this town Franklin residents.

The survey is stunning in its lack of transparency, written and presented with an all too obvious woe is us, we must tax to the max mentality.

We learn that a study was conducted this past summer of the conditions and use of our school facilities, and whad’ya know??? OF COURSE our facilities are going to hell in a hand basket. Those poor, poor, children. Whatcha gonna do about it, Franklin taxpayers? Let us give you some idea$.

We’ve got all kind$ of option$ about the middle $chool, the high $chool, a $wimming pool, performing art$, indoor and outdoor phy$ical education and athletic $pace, and a community center. My oh my, we sure need a lot.

I took out my trusty calculator, and let’s suppose a resident decides to support every one of the spending options, including the most expensive choices. That translates into spending an incredible:

$235.4 million

Clearly, the people running our school district have lost their minds.

So please, if you haven’t done so yet, do yourself and your wallet a huge favor. Fill out your survey by checking all of the NO or NONE OF THE ABOVE choices.

Because, I wasn't all that wrong. The Franklin School is setting a big, fat trap for you taxpayers.

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