Stand up for facts and support PolitiFact.

Now is your chance to go on the record as supporting trusted, factual information by joining PolitiFact’s Truth Squad. Contributions or gifts to PolitiFact, which is part of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Poynter Institute, are tax deductible.

More Info

I would like to contribute

Tom Kertscher
By Tom Kertscher November 10, 2017

Tax bill will be lower, per non-partisan fiscal estimate

Gov. Scott Walker has repeated this promise as recently as Oct. 23, 2017, in an interview on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" talk show.

We checked with Bob Lang, director of the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the state's nonpartisan scorekeeper. He told us:

The 2010 property tax bill for a median-value home -- often referred to as a typical home -- was $2,963, and his agency estimates the bill will be $2,824 in 2018. That's a reduction of $139.

Lang said the actual amount for 2018 won't be known until the spring of 2019 -- after Walker's second term ends in January 2018 -- but that it would change little, if any.

Jon Peacock, director of the nonprofit Wisconsin Budget Project, told us that an important point to note is that under Walker, funding has been reduced for the state Homestead Tax Credit, which was designed to provide property tax relief to low-income homeowners and renters. The project estimates that as a result of the most recent reduction, done in the 2017-'19 state budget, about 11,400 households will see property tax increases averaging $614 per year.

With the property tax bill for a typical home projected to be lower in 2018 than in 2010, we rate this Walker pledge a Promise Kept.

Our Sources

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.

Our Sources

Latest Fact-checks