Gov. Walker: Typical homeowner will pay $116 less in property taxes this year

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WAUKESHA -- Gov. Scott Walker visited Waukesha on Tuesday, December 13th to highlight the savings he said taxpayers have seen in their property taxes since taking office.

Estimated property tax bills for the typical homeowner will be $116 lower this year (2016) than they were in 2010, according to the governor. Walker said that results in a six-year cumulative estimated savings of over $1,700 compared to the previous four-year trend.

"Property taxes today in December 2016 are $116 less than they were in December in 2010," Walker said.

The Republican governor said without his property tax relief reform, property taxes were on pace to be more than $400 higher than they currently are cumulatively. He said that translates to $1,700 in savings over the past six years.

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Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker

"We did two things. We put more money into school aids -- some of which went to schools directly, but a major portion of which we tied into property tax caps so that levies were capped off at the school board and the municipal and county level," Walker said.

Democrats, like Rep. Gordon Hintz said the cuts have come at the expense of public education.

"Governor Walker is sort of telling one version of the story.  Where I represent in Oshkosh, property taxes skyrocketed over the last year because we, like 139 other school districts, had to vote to raise our own property taxes to keep the lights on in our schools," Hintz said.

Governor Walker said he will continue to focus on lowering property taxes in the next state budget.

Democrats said they, too support property tax relief, but said it should be weighed with other priorities.

Monitor FOX6 News and for updates on this developing story.


  • Opinion8d

    Just imagine the same $45K ‘loss’ and your taxes being $100’s or $1,000’s higher with a Democrat in charge.

    • Money saved, not really

      What if”s are not facts , the fact IS your home value has gone down, Substantially for most, since 2010. Your home as asset is now worth less, fact. So the less tax does not make up $$$ loss in value.

  • Denise

    LIberals have become unhinged since the election. Gov. did a good job keeping the unions and schools at bay instead of skinning the taxpayers alive with their blank check budgets. I say we should increase taxes for universities that have any liberal arts program. just sayin.

  • bombacim

    As a person who has voted for Walker in the past, why cut taxes when you have a shortfall in the states DOT budget? That’s 240 million that could be used for that fund. That gets you back to half of the deficit we are facing.

    • Opinion8d

      Franklin has always been high because they allowed too much housing vs businesses to build. Housing requires lots of services/expenses…..schools, police, roads, fire, health, libraries, etc. with all too little taxes paid versus the businesses which require far less in services.

  • Opinion8d

    You ‘assessed’ value or ‘fair market’ value on your tax bill means nothing as far as what you’re home could actually sell for or what it is worth! You’re clearly uneducated about the real estate market and confused as to what your tax bill really means.

  • Truth Hertz

    Equating success with concessions. George Carlin said there are too many dumb people in this country. A political pimp announces you saved less than 10 dollars a month in property taxes and like sheep, idiots are jumping for joy. No wonder donkeys and elephants are used to denote political parties, it’s because their members are primitive animals.

  • CFM

    My tax bill on 150,000 home and property went up more than 6%, all of it in the form of education referendums that schools asked for, and is a result of ACT 10. Combine that with 47th worse roads in US, and a transportation bill that has 20% being used to pay past loans, and Walker is telling another fake news.

  • confused

    I’m happy with Gov. Walker’s property tax ideas. The local school portion of my taxes is over 1/2 of my tax bill. They built a state of the art school in a depressed community-lol-the principal was very pushy and calling people saying how they would move here to go it it, thus relieving some tax burden. I told her people move to an area to WORK not a k-12 school. They over rode the levy, petitioned to have all homes re-assessed, so it’s up there, but still better then it would be if doyle was still here.

  • Douglas Stegeman

    So… the $116 / home owner the price of of payback for not opening our eyes to what Walker and friends are doing in WI and nationally?

  • Vote Cason

    Governor Walker can end abortion and homosexual marriage RIGHT NOW, without having to go through the state congress. For whatever reason he chooses not to, and this is why Ryan Cason is running for governor in 2018. Tell that you want them to cover his gubernatorial candidacy announcement on January 2, 2017! Let’s end abortion and homosexual marriage once and for all!

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