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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.

Mayor Taylor's "responsible" budget really is

Franklin mayor Tom Taylor has submitted his 2013 city budget to the Franklin Common Council that calls for a .3% property tax levy increase. Taylor attributed the slight increase to new construction growth in Franklin saying Franklin is one of the few municipalities in the state experiencing such growth.

In making his presentation to the Common Council Tuesday night, Taylor called his budget “responsible.” The mayor kept the budget increase to a fraction even though budget requests by departments came in at $879,000 above available revenues.

Franklin’s Director of Administration Mark Luberda said the budget “preserves city services.” 

Both Taylor and Luberda touted that the proposed budget does not increase the tax rate. For the umpteenth time, the tax rate is meaningless. The levy is the key budget piece and a .3% property tax levy increase is, indeed, a responsible budget during these rocky economic times. It certainly is possible for the Common Council to knock the very small increase down to zero.

If only the Franklin Public School administration and school board would follow suit.

Congratulations to Mayor Taylor and his staff.

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