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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

The QEO goes down, your property taxes go up

State budget, Taxes

Here is astounding evidence the Qualified Economic Offer (QEO) kept property taxes from being even worse than they are in Wisconsin.

Waukesha School Superintendent Todd Gray told the Waukesha Freeman research he conducted about teacher salaries in Wisconsin during the years prior to the QEO showed salaries increased by an incredible 119 percent between about 1979 and 1992. The QEO, the product of taxpayer outrage, helped set property tax limits.

Fears about the elimination of the QEO may not have been unfounded. School officials are deeply concerned about the effect the loss of the QEO will have on school funding and local property taxes.

Gray says in the short term, arbitrators might be sympathetic to economic conditions. However, he sees struggling school districts in the years ahead.

Read more in the
Waukesha Freeman.

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