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UPDATE: Gov. Walker promises property tax levy will be lower in 2018 than it was in 2010

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Maybe it was an attempt to get the media focus off those John Doe emails.  Maybe it was because he was speaking to the Wisconsin Realtors Association.

Either way Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) decided to make the first major promise of his 2014 reelection campaign Wednesday at Monona Terrace.

"Just as property taxes are lower, will be lower this December than they were in 2010, the same can be said in December of 2018," Gov. Walker told reporters.

The average Wisconsin homeowner paid $2,963 in property taxes in 2010.  That number will go down to $2,822 by the end of this year and by 2018, the Governor guarantees taxes will go down again by at least one dollar.

"We think its also particularly good news for the real estate business, because its one more way we remove a barrier for new families and for others seeking to live their piece of the American dream or their sliver of the American dream by being able to purchase a home," said Gov. Walker.

But just how the Governor plans to make good on his promise is less clear. He says that process won't begin until he sits down with staff to figure out his 2015 budget. Part of it would likely be achieved by keeping a cap on local government spending.

"And then look at how many additional dollars we need to put in, whether its portions of the school aid formula or as we've done recently, looking at buying down more of the tech school levy as well," said Gov. Walker.

The Governor says if anyone has questions about whether he can do it, they need only look at his record.

"That's part of the reason we set this goal is we've done it before.  We think we can do it again," said Gov. Walker.

The campaign for Democratic challenger Mary Burke responded to the Governor's promise by saying that she too plans to hold the line on property taxes and that Walker can't be trusted.

"Given Walker's failure to deliver on the last political promise he made in February of an election year, Wisconsin families should see this for what it is - more empty political rhetoric at a time when Wisconsin is not creating enough jobs," wrote Joe Zepecki, spokesperson for the Burke campaign.

That is a reference to Gov. Walker's 2010 promise to create 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term, something the state is not on pace to do.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) made the first major promise of his reelection campaign Wednesday, telling the Wisconsin Realtors Association that he would continue to keep property tax rates down so that the average homeowner would be paying less in 2018 than they were in 2010.

The Governor says his staff has not worked out details of the plan yet, but claims the property tax on a median valued home would be no higher than $2,821 in 2018.  The property tax on a median valued home in 2010 was $2,963 and will be $2,822 this year.

That $2,822 figure is assuming the state legislature approves a tax cut that would save the average homeowner about $100 dollars in 2014.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann is following this story and will have much more on 27 News at 5 and 6.




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