With the Governor’s proposed biennial budget cutting nearly $100 million in state aid to communities, there is a chance that local residents would be willing to make up the difference, according to a group that lobbies on behalf of municipalities.
Dan Thompson, Executive Director of the Wisconsin League of Municipalities, hasn’t seen the specific budget language but believes despite capping the amount local elected officials can hike up on property taxes, the proposal still allows for tax increases approved by voter referenda.
Although the League hasn’t yet spoken to members about the new budget plan, Thompson “wouldn’t be surprised,” if residents would be willing to pay more for strong local fire and police services along with clean streets and parks.
He cites Colorado which passed constitutional tax limits. During a 13 year period in the state, eighty percent of the roughly 7,000 referenda to exceed levy limits were approved by voters.