Wisconsin Governor Walker Seeks Strict Property Tax Increase Limits


Gov. Scott Walker said he will try to impose strict limits on property tax increases while giving local governments facing cuts new tools to manage costs.
On Sunday’s “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” a statewide TV newsmagazine produced in conjunction with WisPolitics.com, Walker (left) said that even as he trims state spending while maintaining core services, he aims to do it in a way that doesn’t simply pass costs off to the future or to local governments and property tax payers.
“We’re going to have to make tough but compassionate decisions to do that,” Walker said of his approach to closing the state’s $3.3 billion deficit.
Asked if he would be willing to cap property taxes at about 2 percent, Walker said he hopes to get “closer to zero” while still allowing provisions for growth and development.
While Walker said local governments and school boards may see “changes” in state aid, they will have new tools to deal with them.

Related: The Madison School District’s 2010-2011 budget, which increased property taxes about 9%.
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