But taxpayers across the western half of Racine County saw dramatic jumps in their tax bills as the result of the western county school districts taking on the full cost of special education, which had previously been paid for in the county portion of the property taxes.
The Village of Union Grove jumped from fourth to second place among cities and villages. Janice Winget, village clerk/treasurer, said she has been hearing the outrage from people coming in to pay taxes.
“The average hit was probably $500 to $600, if not more,” Winget said. “The schools tried to warn people it was going to happen, but no one had the idea it was going to have that effect on people.”