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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 young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Muni spending down in WI...what about Franklin?

This might be hard to believe, but municipal spending is actually down in Wisconsin. The reason is supplied by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance:

“The impact of the benefit and bargaining changes in 2011 Act 10 on city and village finances is apparent in recently released 2012 municipal spending data. After rising an average of 2.2% per year during 2006-11, net operating spending, a broad measure of municipal spending that excludes debt service and capital expenditures, fell 3.0% in 2012 to an average of $823 per capita in 244 of Wisconsin’s most populous municipalities. These figures are from MunicipalFacts14, an exclusive annual study just released by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX). WISTAX is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to public policy research and citizen education.”

What about the numbers here in Tax Hell, WI, i.e., Franklin?

Spending on municipal operations in Franklin was $748 per capita, a -0.2% change from 2011 vs. the 3.0% decline among the municipalities studied by WISTAX. In 2012, average law enforcement spending was $227 per resident, while police spending in Franklin was $222. Street maintenance spending totaled $82 per capita, compared to $107 elsewhere. While net fire and ambulance expenditures averaged $137 statewide, they averaged $181 per person in Franklin.

Looks like Franklin could do better, given they're far off the decine of -3.0% of the municipalities studied by WISTAX. The numbers could be worse. Keep in mind this report doesn’t factor in school spending, a quadruple Whopper in Franklin.

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