Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Franklin is a wonderful city.
Sunshine, lollipops and rainbows
Everything that’s wonderful is what I feel
When we're together.
Brighter than a lucky penny.
When you're near the raindrops disappear
Dear and I feel so fine.
Ideally, heading to the polls and voting to improve our schools would be a no-brainer.
More parking spaces?
More security at the front door of the high school?
A new auditorium?
Why stop there.
Artificial turf on the football field.
A brand new press box.
A scoreboard with instant replay capability.
A retractable roof over the football and baseball fields.
A new swimming pool that would make the Olympics drool.
Paid escorts for students unskilled at walking on sidewalks.
And we could go on and on.
I would be all for it!
If I didn’t believe I had some economic common sense.
Now is simply not the time to be spending nearly $50 million in property taxes on big wants that aren’t needs.
If you haven’t read the papers, there’s been a recession. To suggest there’s been a recovery is absurd.
We have unemployed.
We have underemployed.
We have workers who’ve not gotten raises.
We have workers who've gotten pay cuts.
We have folks who’ve been laid off.
We have people who’ve moved out.
We’ve had foreclosures.
I know this is difficult for far too many to comprehend, but
You have an increasing number in poverty.
You have more people on food stamps.
You have the “near poor,” those living just above the poverty line.
There are recent news reports that huge tax increases are coming in January 2013.
Question 1 would only cost an additional $32 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
Question 2 would only cost an additional $20 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
Question 3 would only cost an additional $24 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.
Forgive me. I don’t live in a mansion, but my home is assessed at a bit more than $100,000.
PLUS, the added property tax increase from these three referenda IS ON TOP OF:
1) The approved school property tax levy increase in the school budget for next year
2) The city tax levy increase (albeit very small this year)
3) Milwaukee County taxes
4) State taxes
5) MMSD taxes
My oh my but it all adds up, especially in Franklin which is anything but taxpayer-friendly.
Franklin grandparents, you may feel good about supporting these facility improvements, but your yes votes are merely increasing property taxes for your Franklin friends and neighbors.
This is one of the worst times to impose a nearly $50 million property increase upon ourselves. Trust me, our students will get by if these referenda fail.
The vote is no, three times, on Tuesday.