Cut property taxes so that the levy on a typical home in 2018 is lower than it was in 2010

Governor Walker commits to property taxes on the typical homeowner in Wisconsin being lower in 2018, at the end of his second term than they were in 2010, the start of his first term.


Wisconsin’s Comeback Plan, Walker campaign, July 2014

Subjects: Taxes


Projections based on new budget show promise is on track

In launching his presidential campaign in July 2015, Scott Walker boasted that because of his actions as governor, Wisconsin "property taxes today are lower than they were four years ago."

We rated his claim Mostly True.

Property taxes on a typical home were lower in 2014 than in 2010, the year before Walker took office. So was the net amount of property taxes collected statewide

That finding leads us to rate one of the promises Walker made during his 2014 gubernatorial re-election campaign: To cut property taxes so that in 2018, the amount of property taxes on a typical home will be lower than it was in 2010.

As we found in our fact check, the estimated property tax bill for a median-valued home was $2,832 in 2014, down from $2,964 in 2010.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, which made those estimates, also projects that the reductions will continue in 2015 and 2016.

That, of course, remains to be seen -- as does what property taxes will look like come 2018, which would be the end of Walker's second term.

But given the direction property taxes are going, we rate this promise In the Works.


Email interview, Gov. Scott Walker press secretary Laurel Patrick, July 16, 2015

PolitiFact Wisconsin, "Scott Walker says Wisconsin property taxes are lower than they were when he took office," July 15, 2015