Spotlight: Evers’ property tax hike plan

Wisconsin Spotlight | Oct. 17, 2022

By Bill Osmulski, the MacIver Institute

MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers’ top budget priority after he wins reelection will be raising property taxes, he admitted during a Rotary Club luncheon in Milwaukee last week.

“The State of Wisconsin has failed its municipalities,” Evers said.

Evers lamented that some municipalities are not allowed to increase their tax levy every year. The reason for that is how Wisconsin’s property taxes are structured.

Local government can only increase its tax levy when it has net new construction. It makes sense. When a new building goes up in town, that building’s owner will be paying property taxes, and so the town will get to collect more property taxes than it did before. However, some years, there is no new construction in town, and therefore, the local government cannot increase its tax levy.

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