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I recently had the privilege of attending the 2014 Farm Technology Days representing WPT (Wisconsin Property Taxpayers) and it was enlightening in many arenas. I had an opportunity to spend some time with Mike Marsch (President of WPT) and Bert Vosters (Sales Manager of WPT Agriculture) and they gave me a greater insight into the importance and value of what we do. This alone was a valuable learning experience. We had many people stop by our booth and they offered up their opinions. While the vast majorities believed in the principals that we believe in, there were a few that disagreed. Just another example of what a democracy is and the importance of freedom of speech. Many of the people that stopped by were already members of WPT, and many that weren’t expressed an interest in becoming supporters.
We handed out many Wisconsin Badger and Green Bay Packer schedules. It was surprising to me that so many people were looking for them and we were the first ones they found.
Overall, I think the event was a huge success. Attendance for the 2014 Farm Technology Days was reported to be just under 60,000 and from what I experienced, everyone enjoyed the event.
It’s great to be a part of an organization that is so positively accepted by it’s members.
How Property Taxes Work
August 1, 2011 04:18 PM ITEP
The property tax is the oldest major revenue source for state and local governments. At the beginning of the twentieth century, property taxes represented more than eighty percent of state and local tax revenue. While this share has diminished over time as states have introduced sales and income taxes, the property tax remains an important mechanism for funding education and other local services. This policy brief discusses why property is taxed and how property taxes are calculated.
Why Tax Property?
The property tax is rooted largely in the “benefits principle” of taxation. Under this view, the property tax essentially functions as a user-charge on local residents for the benefits they receive from the local policies funded by property taxes. These policies benefit local residents directly in the form of better schools and fire protection, and indirectly in the form of increased housing values.
The property tax also helps differentiate between families of very different means by taxing families with large quantities of wealth more heavily than those without such reserves. But the impact that property taxes can have on low-income families, and particularly the elderly, makes clear that the linkage of the property tax to the ability-to-pay principle is far from perfect.
Finally, the stability and enforceability of the property tax make it among the best options available for providing local governments with a predictable revenue stream that can be used to fund indispensable services like schools, roads, and public safety.
How Property Taxes Work
Historically, property taxes applied to two kinds of property: real property, which includes land and buildings, and personal property,
such as cars, boats,
and the value of
stocks and bonds.
Most states have
moved away from
property and now
primarily on real
In its simplest form, the real property tax is calculated by multiplying the value of land and buildings by the tax rate. Property tax rates are normally expressed in mills. A mill is one-tenth of one percent. In the most basic system, an owner of a property worth $100,000 that is subject to a 25 mill (that is, 2.5 percent) tax rate would pay $2,500 in property taxes. In reality, however, property taxes are often more complicated than this. The first step in the property tax process is determining a property’s value for tax purposes. In most cases, this means estimating the property’s market value, the amount the property would likely sell for.
The second step is determining the property’s assessed value, its value for tax purposes. This is done by multiplying the property’s market value by an assessment ratio, which is a percentage ranging from zero to one hundred. Many states base their taxes upon actual market value—in other words, these states use a 100 percent assessment ratio. A significant number of states, however, assess property at only a fraction of its actual value. New Mexico assesses homes at 33.3 percent of their market value, and Arkansas uses a 20 percent assessment ratio. Some states place a cap on increases in a home’s assessed value in any given year, which in many cases can lead to vastly different assessment ratios among similarly valued homes (For more detail, see ITEP Brief, “Capping Assessed Valuation Growth: A Primer”). And even when the law says properties should be assessed at 100 percent of their value, local assessors at times systematically under-assess property, reporting assessed values that are substantially less than the real market value of the property.
After the assessment ratio has been factored in, many states reduce a property’s assessed value further by allowing exemptions. The most common type of exemption is referred to as a “homestead exemption.” In Ohio, for example, the state allows an exemption for the first $25,000 of home value. Subtracting all exemptions yields the taxable value of a property. (For more on homestead exemptions, see ITEP Brief, “Property Tax Homestead Exemptions”).
The next step in the process is applying a property tax rate, also known as a millage rate, to the property’s taxable value. The millage rate is usually the sum of several tax rates applied by several different jurisdictions: for example, one property might be subject to a municipal tax, a county tax, and a school district tax. This calculation yields the tentative property tax before credits.
Many states allow property tax credits that either directly reduce the property tax bill, or that reimburse part of the property tax bill separately when taxpayers apply for them. Subtracting these credits is the final step in calculating one’s property tax bill—though taxpayers are often required to pay the pre-credit property tax amount, only to later have the amount of the credit refunded to them. (For more detail on one type of property tax credit, see ITEP brief, “Property Tax Circuit Breakers”).
Other Property Tax Issues
While property taxes on owner-occupied homes tend to receive the most attention, the presence (or absence) of tax on other forms of property also has important implications.
Businesses pay property taxes just like local residents. Property taxes on businesses are mostly borne by business owners. Business property taxes generally make the property tax less regressive, since business owners tend to be wealthier than average.
Property taxes also impact taxpayers who rent, rather than own their home. This is because owners of rental real estate pass through some of their tax liability to renters in the form of higher rents. The impact of property taxes on renters is of particular concern because renters tend to be significantly less well-off than their homeowner neighbors.
Non-profit entities are generally exempt from state and local property taxes. While these exemptions can make it easier for these organizations to pursue their missions, it can mean that local governments have difficulty raising the revenue needed to provide quality public services. This issue is most significant in areas with large non-profit hospitals and/or universities. PDF
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9/19/14 Newsmakers: New Photo ID Requirement
Senior Producer Steve Walters interviewed Kevin Kennedy, Director and General Counsel at the Government Accountability Board. He discussed the implementation of the Voter ID law and its impact at the polls for the upcoming November 4th general election. Watch
9/19/14 Newsmakers: How to Get a Voter ID at DOT Headquarters with Jim Miller
Senior Producer Steve Walters interviewed Jim Miller, Director of Field Services, from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in a Newsmakers interview to discuss how the WisDOT is handling the implementation of the Voter ID law that was recently upheld by the U.S. District Court of Appeals. Watch
Senior Producer Steve Walters and WisPolitics Editor JR Ross recapped Wisconsin politics for the week September 15-19 at the WisconsinEye Studios in Madison. Watch
9/3/2014 Legislative Council Steering Committee for Personal Property Tax Watch
9/4/2014 Tax Foundation Weighs In on
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Roth Report: No, Scott Walker Didn't Raise Taxes on 140,000 Families
By Collin Roth Published: 7:32 AM September 17, 2014
If you’ve seen Mary Burke’s latest television ad titled "Reagan," you may have been confused to hear the claim that Gov. Scott Walker raised taxes on 140,000 working families. After all, Gov. Walker is well known for his tax cuts - cutting $2 billion in taxes in his first term.
So what is Burke getting at by accusing Walker or raising taxes?
The 2011-13 budget included a 19% cut to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a refundable tax credit for low income working individuals and families. In a PolitiFact column examining Congresswoman Gwen Moore’s claim that Gov. Walker "gutted" the EITC, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Dave Umhoefer explained the impact of the 19% EITC cut this way:
Here’s the real-world impact in 2011:
The maximum state credit for families with two children fell from $716 to $562.
The maximum credit for families with three or more children fell from $2,473 to $1,955.
The maximum credit for families with one child was unchanged at $124.
Does that amount to "gutting" the credit?
The state Department of Revenue points out that Walker’s move still means the credit is refundable -- even if a family has zero tax liability, they can still get the credit as a refund check. For a majority of recipients, the credit comes in the form of a full or partial tax refund, because the credit exceeds their net tax liability.
So does this amount to a tax hike? The Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) does score it that way. But the Walker administration disputes this description and classifies the EITC as spending.
As Umhoefer’s example showed, a family with two children were not exactly seeing a hike in taxes - they were just receiving less money from the state. In this case, the family is receiving $562 from the state instead of $716.
So Mary Burke is claiming that Walker hiked taxes on 140,000, when in reality the state is just paying out less money in the form of a refundable tax credit. You can't raise taxes on people who don't pay any.
Gov. Walker and the Republicans in the legislature have cut taxes by $2 billion in four years including $750 million in income tax cuts and $500 million in property tax cuts.
Meanwhile, Mary Burke has said that the cap on property taxes is "strangling our communities," she opposed the $500 million tax cut earlier this year, and has been silent on Obamacare and the new EPA rules which are resulting in massive cost increases for businesses and families.
You tell me, who sounds more like Ronald Reagan?
For overcoming a number of unnecessary legal challenges by opponents, Voter ID is our “Winner of the Day.”
State has no budget for voter ID, agencies say
By Dee J. Hall | Wisconsin State Journal, Doug Erickson | Wisconsin State Journal
Three state agencies charged with implementing voter ID for the Nov. 4 election say they have no additional money set aside to help voters and state workers comply with the newly reinstated requirement.
But municipal clerks in Wisconsin’s two largest cities say they will spend thousands of dollars and hire hundreds of poll workers in the next few weeks to ensure that voters have the proper government-issued photo identification when casting their ballots.
Spokesmen for the three state agencies — the Government Accountability Board, the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Health Services — all say they are using existing staff and resources to handle the demand.
In addition, the accountability board says it has no money for a public information or outreach campaign to ensure voters are aware of the requirement. GAB spokesman Reid Magney said the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee has asked the agency to develop a budget request by Sept. 30, which it will consider at its quarterly meeting sometime after that.
Gov. Scott Walker’s spokeswoman, Laurel Patrick, said the state — which fought a long legal battle to have the stalled requirement put back into force — has no estimate of how much it will cost to implement voter ID.
But she said her office has worked “extensively” with the DMV, which issues IDs, the state health department, which handles Wisconsin birth certificates, and the GAB, which runs elections, to ensure that voters without proper identification can get it.
And since 2011, when the voter ID law was passed, DMV centers have been open extended hours and offered ID cards for free, Patrick said. The state also has developed a verification system for the “very small number” of people who do not have supporting documentation, such as a birth certificate, to prove their identity, she said.
“We are monitoring the volume of requests,” Patrick said, “and have plans in place to add additional staff if needed.”
But Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, said the lack of money devoted by the state appears to be a deliberate attempt to make it difficult for voters to comply with the requirement.
“The way to sow maximum confusion is to not make information available,” Heck said. “It is confusing — deliberately so.”
On Friday, two groups that had tried unsuccessfully to overturn the voter ID law went back to the Wisconsin Supreme Court to ask that the requirement be delayed until after the Nov. 4 election to give voters more time to get the proper identification.
Voter ID was passed by the Republican-run Legislature and signed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2011 but stalled by court challenges after a single primary election in February 2012. It was reinstated by a three-judge federal appeals panel on Sept. 12. That decision has been appealed to the full 11-member 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has not yet decided whether to rehear the case.
About half of the states require identification to vote, and 61 percent of Wisconsin’s registered voters support it, according to last week’s Marquette Law School Poll. Backers say the requirement is a “common sense” measure that guards against voter fraud.
Opponents argue that voter impersonation has never been seen in Wisconsin and that the requirement is designed to suppress voting by minorities, immigrants, the poor and elderly who are more likely to vote Democratic and less likely to have photo IDs.
When voting-rights advocates sued the state, an estimated 300,000 Wisconsin residents lacked the government-issued photo identification required to vote.
But there has been no crush of people seeking IDs in the first week since the appeals court ruling, said Jim Miller, the DMV’s director of field services. The 92 DMV centers cumulatively issued an average of about 220 original IDs a day — as opposed to replacements or renewals — this past week, which is pretty typical, he said.
“We haven’t seen a spike,” Miller said.
One explanation is that many people who need a photo ID to vote already have one, Miller said. The DMV has continued to offer free IDs for voting since July 2011, even after the law was put on hold. The DMV has issued 292,000 free IDs for voting since then, he said.
That number includes originals, replacements and renewals, so it’s a little hard to draw clear conclusions from it, Miller said, but the hope is that some of the demand for IDs already has been addressed. Overall, about 83 percent of state-issued IDs are now given away free because people say they’re needed for voting purposes, he said.
An additional batch of applications is pending for people who do not have a government-issued birth certificate. A new process allows the state to verify a person’s birth information without the applicant having to pay for or supply a birth certificate. But that number is small so far, too, Miller said. There were just 52 petition applications in the first three days last week, he said.
Those people will have their photo ID cards mailed to them after their birth information is verified. Most should get the cards within six to eight days, Miller said. It is imperative that these voters get to a DMV center sooner rather than later, he said.
Clerks to spend thousands
While two of the three state agencies say they don’t expect to rack up extra costs, municipal clerks say they will spend thousands more to hire additional poll workers, reprint election materials and for postage to notify absentee voters of the requirement, which was reinstated nine days ago after some 12,000 absentee ballots had already been sent out.
In Madison, City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl said she plans to hire poll workers to cover 612 seven-hour shifts to handle additional duties including checking voters’ identification and issuing provisional ballots for those who lack proper ID. In addition, thousands of absentee-ballot envelopes and voting instructions are being reprinted to include language about the voter ID requirement, she said.
Witzel-Behl has doubled the number of training sessions for poll workers from 60 to 120. And her staff is contacting voters who have already cast their ballots to instruct them to send in the proper ID so their votes will be counted. Some are out of town on extended trips or at second homes, she said, making them difficult to reach.
“There are over 1,000 voters being contacted by us, and that’s being done one by one,” she said.
The city of Milwaukee is facing similar costs, said Neil Albrecht, executive director of the Milwaukee Elections Commission.
Albrecht said 1,500 city poll workers trained over the summer will have to be retrained before Nov. 4, along with 300 to 400 extra workers “to make sure it (voter ID) does not bottleneck voting sites on Election Day.” About 50,000 absentee ballot envelopes also will have to be reprinted, he said.
“From an election administration standpoint, we can implement voter ID,” Albrecht said. “But from a voter standpoint, there is not proper time to educate all voters ... and ensure they’re also able to cast a ballot on Election Day.”
One longtime Madison voter and poll worker, Gene Bliss Gay, said she was confused about whether she needed an ID to vote. She is 85 years old, doesn’t drive and has limited mobility. That means she qualifies as an “indefinitely confined” person who can vote absentee without sending in a copy of an ID.
“I worked the elections for 20 years with three other ladies. We never had a single problem,” Gay said. “I think this whole thing is asinine and a big waste of money.”
Texas-company strikes it rich mining frac sand in small Wisconsin town
September 16, 2014 10:00 am • By Jessica VanEgeren| The Cap Times
The coarse silica sand found in the hills of Wisconsin has made for a rags-to-riches story for one Texas-based private equity firm that went from dealing Texas sand to golf courses to selling Wisconsin sand for the booming fracking industry.
A Wall Street Journal story, “Small firm strikes it rich with fracking sand” lays out the financial nuts and bolts that have catapulted Insight Equity Holdings LLC, based in Southlake, Texas, onto Wall Street’s radar.
The story posted Monday after Emerge Energy Solutions closed at $122.78 a share. That’s up from $17 a share on its first day on the market in May of 2013, according to the article. Insight owns about 30 percent of Emerge.
“It’s exciting,” Ted Beneski, Insight’s chief executive, told the Wall Street Journal.
Beneski owns shares worth $80 million and told the Wall Street Journal he checks Emerge Energy’s stock price “about 10 times a day.”
Emerge switched its business model from supplying Texas-mined sand to golf courses to Wisconsin’s rich supply of silica sand to oil companies in 2011.
That year, Insight built a $25 million facility to mine sand in Wisconsin through its company, Superior Silica Sand, located in New Auburn. The small village of just over 500 people is located on the border of Chippewa and Barron counties.
Beneski told the Wall Street Journal “hundreds of acres of hills were flattened to extract the sand.”
Insight merged Superior Silica Sand and two other energy holdings to create Emerge Energy, according to the article.
The sand is ideal for the hydraulic fracturing — or fracking — process in which the sand is mixed with water and other chemicals. The mix is then pumped down a hole to create fractures that allow oil and natural gas to be extracted from the rock.
Wisconsin is the top exporter of silica frac sand, with the number of frac sand mines and processing centers more than doubling in the past two years to more than 140 either operating or in the planning stages, according to data from the Wisconsin Center on Investigative Journalism.
The industry shows no signs of slowing down, either. According to the latest report from the energy-consulting firm PacWest Consulting Partners, frackers are expected to use nearly 95 billion pounds of sand this year.
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/19/2014
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has indicated that farmers and equipment operators who have track-driven machines can now legally operate those vehicles on state roadways. In an e-mail sent to Deputy State Ag Secretary Jeff Lyon last week, the DOT said it has created a policy called, 'Highway Maintenance Manual Chapter 04-05-02,' to address IoH with tracks.
"A thorough review of Wisconsin statute established that implements of husbandry are exempt from the requirement to have tires," the memo said. "As a result, IoH with tracks are allowed to operate on the road."
The IoH/Ag CMV weight limits established earlier this year will also apply to IoH with tracks. Those machines are also subject to special and seasonal road and structure posting.
The agency says if the exterior support wheels on a track unit are less than 42 inches apart, it is considered one axel for weight distribution purposes.
Meanwhile, the WisDOT recommends that only rubber tracks be used on roadways. Persons using tracked vehicles on pavements are advised to watch for any effect the vehicle has on pavements to prevent damage.
The e-mail went on to say that persons who operate vehicles of any type that cause damage to a highway may be held responsible for all costs to repair and restore the highway to its condition prior to the damage.
Video series outlines new Implements of Husbandry law
September 4, 2014
Release Date: September 4, 2014
Media Contacts: Jim Dick DATCP 608-224-5020 email@example.com
Peg Schmitt WisDOT 608-266-5599 firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheryl Skjolaas UWEX 608-265-0568 email@example.com
MADISON – Is my farm equipment Category A, B or C?
What’s my per axle weight limit on a state highway?
What’s an Ag-CMV?
All good questions about Wisconsin’s new Implements of Husbandry law that can be answered in a series of IoH-Act 377 videos produced by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) in conjunction with The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the University of Wisconsin Extension.
“These training videos are designed to give farmers and local government officials easy access to basic information they will need before harvest equipment starts hitting the roads and highways this fall, “ said Jim Dick, DATCP Communications Director. “Many farmers may not even realize there are new requirements for the equipment they’ve been driving on public roads for years.”
The topics for these nine videos include new definitions of IoH and an Agricultural Commercial Motor Vehicle (Ag-CMV), weight limits, lighting and markers, rules of the road, local options for municipalities and more. The series of videos can be found at: www.youtube.com/user/widatcp/videos
These videos supplement in-person educational IoH sessions being held around the state that are coordinated by the UW-Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. You can find a regularly updated list of these training sessions by going to: fyi.uwex.edu/ioh. Anyone interested in hosting one of these IoH training sessions can contact your local county Extension office.
“UW-Extension is also getting requests for programs to help farmers determine the axle weights and gross vehicle weight of their equipment,” said Cheryl Skjolaas, Interim Director at the UW Center for Agricultural Safety and Health. “We have portable scales on loan from the Wisconsin State Patrol that can be used for weight limit demonstrations. Anyone interested in such a program should also contact their county extension office.”
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation website at AgVehicles.dot.wi.gov is another source of information regarding the new Implements of Husbandry law. There you will find more details on IoH/Ag CMV definitions, weight limits, permits and answers to frequently asked questions.
There are a number of changes in this new IoH law that will affect farmers immediately. Other changes won’t take effect until next year.
The Wisconsin State Patrol will only issue warnings for most IoH violations until January 15, 2015 but operators are still subject to county and local ordinances and enforcement.
Grants Available to Grow Wisconsin Local Goods
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/15/2014
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture is again offering Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin grants to strengthen the state's agricultural and food industries.
"Just as a wide variety of foods makes for a healthy diet, a variety of farms and agribusinesses makes for a healthy economy," said BLBW Program Manager Teresa Engel. "We encourage growers, processors and distributors of diverse products to apply, and we look forward to funding some innovative ideas."
The competitive grant was launched in 2008. Since its inception, there have been over $6 million in new local food sales and thousands of dollars in new investments and and jobs.
Proposals will be accepted from individuals, groups, businesses and organizations involved in Wisconsin agriculture, food processing, food distribution, food warehousing, retail food establishments or agricultural tourism sites. Proposals could include collaborations or partnerships.
A total of $200,000 is available in grant funding; the maximum award for each project is $50,000. Grant applicants must provide a cash or in-kind match of at least 50 percent of the total project budget.
Pre-proposals must be received at DATCP by December 1. For more information, call 608-224-5134.
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2014 Legislative Council Steering Committee for Personal Property Tax
October 1, 2014 Meeting 10:00 a.m. 225 Northwest
The Steering Committee for the symposia series on personal property tax is directed to conduct information symposia and develop recommendations regarding the state’s personal property tax. The Steering Committee shall study the fiscal effect of the personal property tax and personal property tax exemptions, the constitutional concerns that may arise in the context of personal property tax reform, and the administrative and compliance costs associated with personal property taxation; and shall develop recommendations, in the form of a committee report, for personal property tax reform. More information here