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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.

Gee, Kev, you haven't called Franklin a Tax Hell in awhile

No I haven’t. That’s too much like a “dog bites man” story. But I consistently come across data that solidifies that designation for Franklin.

Here’s the latest, from the non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance. The WTA has listed the 2010-11 Municipal and Net Levies by Cities and Villages. Those would be the current levies. Municipalities are working on the 2011-12 levies as I write.

There are 594 cities and villages in Wisconsin that were part of this compilation by the WTA with #1 being the best in their rankings, #594 the worst.

The city of Franklin’s Municipal Levy (just under $21 million) ranked at #291.  That puts Franklin in the top 49%. The city’s per capita of $618 (based on the municipal levy) ranked us at #66, or in the top 11% of taxers and spenders among cities and villages statewide.

OK. The above is what Franklin City Hall can actually control. Now you add in all the other taxes ON TOP of what the city imposes. Schools. Sewer. County. And you get the Net Levy. Franklin’s Net 2010-11 Net Levy of $87.1 million ranks #124. Remember, Franklinites still have to pay all that. regardless of the taxing authority. That ranks us at #124, or in the top 21% statewide.

Now, the per capita based on the Net Levy is $2,571. That, to me, is a laugher. I’d give an appendage for an annual tax like that. That ranks us at #46, or in the top 8% statewide.

This year we get a huge break because Scott Walker’s budget, approved by legislative republicans, basically mandates real honest to goodness property tax relief. Your locals had nothing to do with it. If they dare to grab credit, shame on them. Without the state budget, Franklin would have been looking at a 3% property tax levy increase…at least.

Keep tapping your feet together, Franklin City Hall. We are not a tax hell. We are not a tax hell. It’s just those nasty bloggers. Then wipe the egg off your face.

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