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Discussion at Nicolet College
Sun March 9, 2014
Property Tax or Sales Tax To Fund Schools?
"....there are some states that fund their schools through sales tax. There are some states that fund their schools through different channels, different funnels of money. In Wisconsin, this is just how we do it. In Michigan, don't they do sales tax?
Chandler says Wisconsin's school property tax is above the national average...
"....overall on property taxes you can see we're above the national average. We do devote less in the way of property tax revenues to schools than we did 20 years ago....(when) we moved to two-thirds funding state schools and one-third property tax...."
Most school administrators say the state pledged to reach the two-thirds funding level, but the revenues never came in to accomplish that. They also asked what relationship income taxes have to economic development. Kleefisch and Chandler have held a number of roundtable discussions to look at Wisconsin's taxation and how it affects the business climate.