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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.

Dear Franklin: It's not the tax RATE!!!

When I attended grade school at St. Anthony’s on Milwaukee’s south side, a parish priest once told me something I’ll never forget:

“Repetition is the mother of all students.”

The latest city of Franklin newsletter came in advance of this year’s whopping property tax bills. I’m not sure who writes these babies, but they need a lesson in municipal government. In reference to taxes, the word “rate” and “rates” were used nine times. The word “levy” was used only once.

The writer on behalf of the city was attempting to use the words “rate” and “rates” to justify our astronomic property taxes.

“Repetition is the mother of all students.”

For the umpteenth time, the tax RATE is meaningless! It’s the tax LEVY that matters. This is a fact completely lost on Franklin’s mayor, staff, and the majority of members of the Franklin Common Council and Franklin School Board.

High taxes? We don’t have high taxes.


I’ll see some cousins of mine from Waukesha over the holidays and we’ll once again compare tax bills. They have a great property, great services, very good schools. Their house is twice the size of mine, the land they own twice the size I own, and they pay HALF of what I pay in property taxes.

Sorry. And yes, if you Google, here’s yet another mention that Franklin is indeed, a TAX HELL.


Franklin property taxpayers, liberal tax and spend candidates are coming forward to run for office. They will tax and spend to levels even greater to take even more out of your hard-earned paychecks.  We need fiscally responsibly-minded individuals to step up NOW to run for aldermanic and school board positions. DO NOT LET THE TAX AND SPENDERS ACHIEVE POWER TO DRAIN US EVEN MORE!

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