GOVERNOR SCOTT WALKER IS PROMISING TO DROP PROPERTY
TAXES EVEN LOWER.
GOOD EVENING, I'M ERIC FRANKE
-- MICHELLE --
AND I'M MICHELLE LI.
WALKER MADE THE ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE STATE'S REALTORS.
WITHOUT MUCH DETAIL.
SO WE SENT POLITICAL REPORTER JESSICA ARP TO FIND
OUT HOW IT WOULD WORK.
THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE SAYS ONLY THAT HE'LL WORK WITH
LAWMAKERS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN...
BUT TAX EXPERTS SAY THEY MAY HAVE AN IDEA.
there really arent very many ways to do it
WISCONSIN TAXPAYERS ALLIANCE PRESIDENT TODD BERRY
SAYS THE GOVERNOR'S PROMISE TO HOLD THE LINE OR DECREASE
IS NOT A NEW STRATEGY...
AND IT WILL LIKELY SHRINK LEVY LIMITS.
so if you keep all of those limits down thats going
to control the growth :52 then the other thing they
can do if they increase state spending by increasing
aids to schools or increasing aids to tech colleges
they effectively buy down the property tax
EVEN IF THE STATE SPENDS MORE MONEY ON SCHOOLS OR
BERRY SAYS IT COULD STILL AFFECT THOSE LOCAL BOTTOM
the longer you have tight limits on local govts and
school districts, the more likly they have done the
easy or affordable cheap things to hold the budget
down :54 and the longer it goes on the more the decisions
become more difficult :59
BERRY SAYS THE AMOUNT TAXES COULD GO DOWN...
MAY VARY BY COMMUNITY OR HOMEOWNER...
A CHART PROVIDED BY THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE SHOWS ONLY
A ONE DOLLAR DECREASE FOR THE MEDIAN HOMEOWNER BY
THE GOVERNOR SAYS THE GOAL IS MORE LONG-TERM.
as we've seen in the past one of the biggest barriers
is the people buying the homes, first time homebuyers,
has been the high cost of property taxes in communities
in the state and we think by announcing the advance,
our goal of doing that over the next 4 years and showing
over the 8-year period, property taxes will actually
be less on a typical home, that'll send a strong message
to homebuyers and it'll help improve the economy
THE GOVERNOR'S DEMOCRATIC OPPONENT.
SAID IN RESPONSE THAT SHE'S ALSO COMMITTED TO HOLDING
THE LINE ON PROPERTY TAXES...
BUT SAID THE GOVERNOR HAS FAILED TO DELIVER ON HIS
LAST CAMPAIGN PROMISE OF 250 THOUSAND JOBS.
-- ERIC --