Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Well, well: Doyle holds down property taxes

It must have killed the folks at the Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance to issue this release:
Net Property Tax Increase Smallest in Nine Years
WISTAX Examines 2005-06 Property Taxes

MADISON—Wisconsin’s net property taxes, the sum of all property tax levies minus the state’s school levy credit, rose 2.3% to $7.86 billion in 2005-06. Due to a large infusion of state school aid, the increase was the smallest in nearly a decade. This is a key finding of a new Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) study, "Property Taxes in 2005-06." WISTAX is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to public-policy research and citizen education.
The "large inhusion of state school aid," of course, came because Gov. Jim Doyle's budget veto restored something like $350-million the Republican legislature had cut from public schools.

Rep. Mark Green would have signed it. Remember that next time Green says he'll lower your taxes.


At 9:47 PM, Blogger Kevin said...

Sans a $400M transfer through creative means from the Transportation Fund of course.

Can't forget that now can we Bill.

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Theodore Donald Kerabatsos said...

Hey, Kevin, is it asking too much to ask you to engage your brain before you pound the keyboard?

Why did the Governor resort to a creative partial veto in order to move an extra $400M from the transportation fund to the school aid pot?

Under the Republican school levy plan in effect since the early 1990's, per pupil spending could increase by roughly $240 per student in 2005-2006 vs. 2004-2005. At the 11th hour -- and long after school districts were required by law and by contract to provide layoff notices to represented staff -- the Republican legislature decided to slash the $240 to about $110.

Let's say you are the school business manager in the West Bend School District. Something like 85% of your budget is personnel costs (vs. maintenance, etc.) You've now got to slash per pupil spending by $130 per student and you can't let anyone go. What do you do?

That's the box which the Republican legislature put the Governor in. He had the last laugh, however.

At 10:52 PM, Blogger Interloper said...

Given that the state's transportation aid appropriation covers less than 10% of the cost of transportation, I personally have no problem with the transportation fund covering part of the school aids cost. The Governor did the right thing by filling the hole that the Legislature dug for Wisconsin's school districts at the 11th hour. Wasn't that one of the votes made in the dead of night at about 3:00 a.m.?


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