Archive for November, 2008

Vote NO on Nov. 4th! Don’t be fooled!

November 3, 2008

Milwaukee County voters on Tuesday, Nov. 4th, will vote on this non-binding referendum:

“Shall the State of Wisconsin grant Milwaukee County the authority to provide property tax relief of at least sixty-seven million dollars ($67 million) by levying a one percent county use and sales tax to be used to remove the following three items from the property tax levy: parks, recreation and culture; transit; and emergency medical services (EMS)?”

I’ve created a Facebook Group to try to rally people together here in Milwaukee County against the County Board’s sales tax increase plan.

Click here to go to the Facebook Group: Vote NO on Nov. 4th – Don’t be fooled!

The Milwaukee County Board has placed a very misleading referendum question on the ballot for this Nov. 4th. They want to TRIPLE the county’s sales tax from .5% to 1.5%. This increase will amount to an additional $130 million of sales tax on goods and services sold in Milwaukee County each year (by the county’s estimates).

The referendum question implies that we will see property tax relief from this sales tax increase. Notice however that they state right in the question that they’re only planning on a property tax levy reduction of half of the amount of the new sales tax. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that we will see ANY property tax reduction at all as the County Board can always change their mind at any time.

The current .5% county sales tax was passed in 1991 with a similar promise of property tax relief but from 1992 to 2007 the property tax levy was increased by almost 71%! That’s more than $100 million per year in additional property taxes. What happened to the relief we were promised in the 90’s? There’s no reason not to expect the same thing to happen again if the County Board gets their way this time.

Vote NO on the Milwaukee County Sales Tax Referendum!