Letter to the Editor RTSA

In last Thursday’s mail, was a flashy slick 8 ½ by 11 mailer. The mailer, paid for by the Wisconsin Homeowners Alliance,  asked me to contact Rep. Shannon Zimmerman and thank him for the frozen property taxes.

If I were inclined to thank Rep. Zimmerman, it would be to thank him for the horrible condition of our city streets; for the fact that our local school district can't even keep the lights on or pay our teachers a living wage; and for hog-tying the hands of our local officials. As for spreading the famous Republican chant that high property taxes forces seniors out of their homes,  it's one of the most ridiculous false claims that Republicans rely on to promote their cause. If seniors can afford the big mac mansions they live in, they can afford the property taxes.  And if they think property taxes are high, they should try paying rent. 

I can't think of a more detrimental policy than freezing property taxes. If you are inclined to contact your representative, ask him to reverse that regulation.  Local officials need to be able to make their own decisions, without a convenient shield to hide behind (if they don't have the courage to actually fix the streets) and not be hamstrung by state regulations.

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