This is the second in a series of posts taking a closer look at legislative study committees that recently completed their work on topics related to taxes, K-12 education and public schools.
This time we’ll examine the work of the Legislative Council Study Committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices (a/k/a the “dark store” study committee), which met for the last time last week and voted to recommend three bills for the Joint Legislative Council to introduce in the 2019-20 session. Continue reading Legislative Council study committees wrap up work (Part 2)
As the impact of taxpayer-funded private school vouchers grows, Racine’s mayor is doing his part to inform taxpayers about the effect vouchers are having on property tax bills.
According to the Racine Journal Times, “Property owners in the City of Racine will receive an insert along with their tax bills this year showing where their tax money goes, with a focus on voucher school funding.” The insert, included with all Racine property tax bills, shows how total property tax funds collected in the city are split among various units of government, and includes detailed information about the Racine Unified School District tax levy. Continue reading Racine opts to promote voucher funding transparency
Yesterday (Dec. 11), the Legislative Council Study Committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices met to discuss three bill drafts making changes to the property tax assessment process, none of which would close the so-called “dark store” or “Walgreens” tax loopholes.
Although Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), the study committee’s chair, had hoped yesterday’s meeting would be the study committee’s final meeting, study committee members raised many questions and proposed several amendments to each bill draft.
One bill draft considered yesterday —LRB 0485/1—directly concerns school boards.
Continue reading “Dark Store” study committee postpones final votes, but adds provisions affecting schools
A special study committee created to try to curb a practice that has resulted in shifting property taxes from “big box” retailers and pharmacy chains onto homeowners and small businesses may hold its final meeting tomorrow and a measure affecting schools is on its agenda.
The Legislative Council Study Committee on Property Tax Assessment Practices has thus far not to be able to resolve key differences among its members over what to do about these practices that have handcuffed local property assessors and municipalities. The study committee is set to meet at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow (Dec. 11) in Room 412 East, State Capitol. Continue reading “Dark Store” study committee to meet tomorrow, perhaps for final time
The widespread success of school district referendums wasn’t the only referendum story to come out of the Nov. 6 election. Voters in a record number of municipalities also approved referenda to exceed state-imposed levy limits that restrict how much property tax revenue municipalities and counties can raise without voter approval. Voters also approved advisory referenda aimed at quelling a burgeoning dispute between “big box” retailers and big pharmacy chains and local property assessors in every jurisdiction where such a question was on the ballot. Continue reading School referenda results weren’t the only big story on Nov. 6
Overall enrollment in Wisconsin’s three main private school voucher programs (Milwaukee, Racine and statewide) increased by about 8.7 percent over last year’s voucher enrollment. Taxpayers will spend $302 million this year on vouchers to send students to private schools, an increase of about $33 million (12.3 percent) over last year. Continue reading Voucher expansion continues to drain state aid from public schools and boost property taxes
The newest Marquette University Law School Poll was released by Prof. Charles Franklin on October 31 and it included an array of questions on various election and other issues. This poll asked more K-12 related questions than previous polls including questions on teacher pay and priorities for increasing student achievement.
K-12 education once again featured as a top issue for likely voters: Continue reading MU Law Poll: K-12 still a top issue for voters; governor race a dead heat