June 20, 2005

Should Milwaukee Suburbs Pay for City Services?


A new study shows Milwaukee residents are way behind their neighbors when it comes to taxable property values, prompting some officials to urge wealthy suburbs to share their tax revenues in exchange for their use of city services.

The Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission ordered the study from consulting firm Ruekert & Mielke Inc. to analyze 147 cities, towns and villages in the counties of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Racine, Kenosha and Walworth.

The study released last week shows that Chenequa in Waukesha County boasts the top "fiscal capacity" rate, a measure of property value per resident, of $600,570, while Milwaukee ranks at the bottom with a rate of $36,507.

Former Madison Mayor Paul Soglin mentioned this strategy as well - tax 'em while they are driving in.

Posted by James Zellmer at June 20, 2005 12:02 AM | Subscribe to this site via RSS:
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