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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Maybe, just maybe this time the light bulb goes on at
City leaders, I’m sorry to say, have failed in their attempts to hold the line, more often than not, taxing and spending like nobody’s business.
We’re in a recession?
People are losing their jobs?
People are losing their homes?
Again, doesn’t matter.
Like so many other municipalities,
All across the nation, citizens are making their voices loud and clear. Enough is enough. You are taxing us to death. Are you listening, city leaders of
I would pose the same question to the fiscally irresponsible Franklin School Board, but that bunch is a lost cause. “Yes, Mister Milzer. How high should we tax them this year, Mister Milzer. Whatever you say, Mister Milzer. We’ll vote yes, Mister Milzer (Franklin Business Manager and Jesse James impersonator, Jim Milzer).
There potentially are a few sane voices of reason on the Franklin Common Council, but not enough. Even the retired Lyle Sohns had an unflappable mindset that miniscule property tax levy increases were simply out of the question.
All of this is a prelude to gloomy news that should, under normal circumstances, say your own household, be an extreme wake up call, but probably not at
The city of
So far this year,
What’s causing the budget shortfall? Building permits, planning fees, fire inspections, tippage,
I’m not on the Finance Committee, though Mayor Taylor has asked me to serve in the past. If I was, my advice would be clear, concise, and simple. The piggy bank is broke. Time to stop spending. Cut up the VISA card. If you don't want to make budget cuts, then it’s time to enact a property tax freeze/spending freeze right now. Take your lumps temporarily. Ride through this mess. Get back on track. Gain some political favor with suffering taxpayers.
There are several problems with this approach:
1) City leaders don’t understand the current state of city economics.
2) City leaders do understand the current state of city economics, but don’t care.
3) City leaders do understand the current state of city economics, but don’t have the guts to make tough, but sound fiscal judgments.
4) Their tax and spend mentality is so engrained it’s almost impossible to change.
5) My idea makes too much common sense.
The fact is that even if the revenue shortfall improves, there will be a deficit that needs to be addressed. Spending cuts? Please. Look at who’s on the Common Council. Tax increase? That’s more likely.
If you agree with me, contact your alderman and Mayor Taylor. Tell them no more new spending, no more property tax hikes.
You do not climb out of a hole by continuing to dig. That includes budgets.