Sunday, December 11, 2011
This was Walker's ace up his sleeve - or so he thought.
We already know that the schools systems have suffered greatly - regardless of how hard they try to spin things - losing 3,400 educators, growing class sizes and diminished programming.
Well, it's December and the property tax bills our hitting our mailboxes. And, for once, Walker might be right. People's mindsets will probably be changing. But not the way he was hoping.
We received our tax bill for the castle on Saturday. I opened it eagerly, anxious to see the big savings that Walker promised us.
I'm glad I didn't hold my breath for it.
Overall, our property tax went up 4.5%, the highest I can remember it jumping in one year.
And the breakdown of it is even more appalling.
Even though Walker and his Republican allies have thoroughly screwed over the state workers, taking thousands of dollars out of each worker's check, the state portion of the tax bill went up 4.4%.
And as for Walker's "tools," the county portion of the tax bill went up a whopping 9%. And keep in mind that this Waupaca County, one of the more conservative counties in the state. Apparently, Walker's "tools" are as broken as his moral compass is.
And remember how Walker slashed funding to the technical schools, even though business leaders are loudly complaining of the dearth of trained workers? Well, the Fox Valley VTAE portion of the bill went up as well, by 5.1%
Walker might have thought he had an ace up his sleeve, but when he played it, it turned out to be a joker with his face on it. I can't wait to go up north again. I bet it will be a lot easier to find signers there now.