Milwaukee County Sales Tax Baloney
So, you thought I was joking earlier today when I wrote:
Yet, that's exactly what County Board Supervisors John Weishan, Gerry Broderick and James White are saying.
Some members of the impotent Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors are suggesting raising the sales tax in Milwaukee County from the current 5.85 percent to a whopping 6.85 percent. That's a 17 percent hike in the local sales tax.
The humorous part about this proposal?
They are going to claim that part of this hike will go toward 'tax relief.'
From JSOnline's Daywatch:
Three Milwaukee County Board supervisors today proposed an advisory referendum on a 1-percentage-point increase in the county sales tax that they say will shore up shrinking county funding for parks, cultural institutions and the bus system, while lightening the property tax load.The County's current portion of the sales tax is .5 percent. These three supervisors are proposing a 300 percent increase in the County's portion for an overall sales tax increase of 17 percent.
Raise taxes to provide tax relief? That's Baloney, Man!
The history of this proposed tax hike is almost as funny as the claim that it would provide tax relief.
So, in order to gain support for their tax hike, they had to hike the tax even more to cover more spending.
By incorporating public transit as a beneficiary of the tax, the new 1% proposal attempts to build a broader coalition behind a measure that could force a referendum onto the Nov. 7 ballot over Walker's objections. The new plan could get its first public airing Wednesday morning at the board's Transportation, Public Works and Transit Committee.
At one point, Weishan and a second sponsor, Supervisor Gerry Broderick, had structured the measure as a 0.75% sales tax. But the third sponsor, Supervisor James White, said that their proposal would not provide enough revenue for transit needs, even though it would fully fund all parks, recreation and culture needs.
Hell if they proposed a 400 percent hike they may be able to get a veto proof majority to back the idea.
Perhaps Weishan, Broderick and White should consider these facts.
The average state and local tax burden in Wisconsin exceeds 30 percent.
This massive hike would make Milwaukee a sales tax island.
Keep jacking up taxes and there will be no one left here to ride the bus, visit the museum or use the park.
The good news is thanks to Scott Walker and his promised veto, this referendum will not go before the voters. Even if it did, the chance of state law being changed to allow Milwaukee County to hike their sales tax that much is zip, as long as Republicans maintain control of the legislature.
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