Despite attempts by the Governor and Legislature to limit increases, property taxes in Wisconsin remain among the highest in the nation.
A report from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says the Badger state currently has the ninth highest property taxes in the nation. Analyst Dale Knapp says the reasons why deal mostly with geography. States in the Midwest, plains, and the Northeast tend to rely more on property taxes than other parts of the country.
However, unlike many other states, Knapp says Wisconsin doesn't allow local income taxes or for cities to levy sales taxes. As a result, many of those communities have to rely heavily on property taxes.
Property taxes in Wisconsin are up 5.7 percent this year. They account for about 4.5 percent of personal income in the state.