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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.

Franklin homeowners, did you pay more than $6,052 in property taxes last year?

I did. A heckuva lot more.

Why the $6,052 figure?

Forbes ranked the counties in America that pay the highest amount in property taxes. In Lake County, Illinois, the median annual property tax is $6,052, the highest county property tax in the Midwest (The national average is $1,180).

Granted, Franklin’s property tax figures are mixed in with the rest of Milwaukee County. Milwaukee County’s property taxes don’t, on average, skyrocket to the level of some of the more lucrative counties in our neighbor to the south.

But how does it feel, fellow Franklinites, and there are plenty of you out there, to know that you fork over higher property taxes than the folks that Forbes have identified as paying the highest property taxes in the Midwest?

Taxes matter. I firmly believe they constitute the #1 issue for the vast majority of Franklin residents.

Elections also matter. Vote for candidates that understand that in general, but especially during a recession, tax and spending increases need to be put on hold.

Then pay close attention to how elected aldermen and school board members regard you, your hard work, and your tax dollars. Most of our current batch of locally elected officials last year didn’t seem to care that the people who pay the bills were struggling, with many of them either unemployed or under-employed. Those officials need to be held accountable.

The tax revolt starts with you, right now.

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