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Tom Kertscher
By Tom Kertscher July 17, 2015

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.

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