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Guest Blog Chris Kliesmet Sales Tax Part 1

CRG, Guest Blog, Milwaukee County, Taxes, Wisconsin

Referendum wouldn't do what it promises


Citizens should have the opportunity to answer honest questions of public policy via referendum.  However, those who sell the proposed sales tax increase referendum as a property tax relief measure are bald-faced liars.


In 1911, Wisconsin imposed an income tax for the express purpose of property tax relief.  In 1962, a 3% sales tax on luxury goods was initiated to relieve rising property taxes.  In 1969, the sales tax expanded to include most other goods and the rate rose to 4%.  In 1982, the rate rose again to 5%.  In 1987, the lottery was sold as a tool to relieve property taxes.  In 1992, Milwaukee County added a 0.5% sales tax to relieve property taxes.  In every instance, property taxes continued to climb.


Referendum backers insult the intelligence of taxpayers.  Any sales tax increase only will clear room for the property tax to continue growing.  The Taxpayer Bill of Rights would have eliminated this dishonest tax shell game.  However, these same tax increase advocates worked against allowing TABOR to go to referendum, despite overwhelming public support.  That makes them not only liars, but hypocrites.


Funny how only tax increase proposals seem worthy to be put to the voters.


Chris Kliesmet

Executive administrator

Citizens for Responsible Government Network (CRG)


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