Walker signs rural school funding bill


Low-spending school districts in Wisconsin will be allowed to increase property taxes without voter approval under a measure signed into law Monday by Gov. Scott Walker. The new law also increases what’s known as “sparsity aid” for rural school districts with low enrollment. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Vukmir and Assembly Republicans want to increase local property taxes — a lot


Despite posing as a fiscal conservative, State Sen. Leah Vukmir is proposing to force county jails to hold more people while they await decisions on whether their parole or probation should be revoked, which will in turn force counties to increase property taxes or reduce other services. > Wisconsin Gazette

Compromise on how to tax large retailers falls apart in wee hours of Assembly finale


A last-ditch bid to address efforts by large retailers to lower their property-tax assessments, which critics say shifts tax costs to homeowners, collapsed as the Assembly ended its session last week, and it appears dead until at least next year. > Wisconsin State Journal

‘Promise kept’: Walker touts zero percent property tax bill


Walker promised earlier in his governorship that he would lower property taxes for homeowners. Politifact took a look at his claim and found there was a modest reduction from 2010 to 2018. But it also found out some people – especially low-income homeowners and renters – will actually have their taxes go up. > Patch.com

Without fix, Foxconn deal could mean higher taxes for local homeowners

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During the Foxconn development’s early years, there’d be temptation by the home county to raise taxes on existing homeowners to ensure services keep up with the rapid growth spawned by the development. But if they wait, they could lose their ability to do so later on because of state property tax caps. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Budget committee votes to end forestry mill tax


The state budget committee voted Thursday to sunset the forestry mill tax portion of Wisconsin property taxes. Under the plan, the forestry account would instead receive funding from the state’s general fund. But critics argue that puts the forestry fund in competition with other areas funded by general purpose revenue, like schools and health care. > Cap Times