Wisconsin residents favor Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to use
the state budget surplus to cut taxes and add to the state’s
rainy day fund, according to a new statewide poll released by
the Wisconsin Realtors Association.
conducted from Jan. 29 through Feb. 3, shows public support of
the governor’s plan by a margin of 59 percent to 38 percent. The
poll has a margin of error of 4 percent.
“60 percent of
voters think property taxes are too high in Wisconsin,” WRA
President and CEO Michael Theo said in a release. “So it’s not
surprising that they support cutting property taxes above all
the WRA-commissioned poll, when asked about state taxes, 60
percent of survey respondents said the property tax was too high
and was followed by state income taxes at 41 percent and state
sales tax at 22 percent.
If they could
cut one tax, 41 percent of respondents said cut property taxes.
27 percent said cut individual income taxes, 14 percent said cut
taxes paid by businesses, and 11 percent said cut the sales tax,
remind the public that Wisconsin has one of the top 10 highest
property tax rates in the country, 70 percent say that’s
convincing evidence to support cutting property taxes,” Theo
said. “Wisconsin is simply way over-reliant on the property tax
and now is the time to reduce that burden."
also found substantial public support behind Walker’s proposal
to replace some of the property tax funding for Wisconsin
technical colleges with state surplus funds and lowering
property taxes by the same amount, a release said. Fifty-seven
percent were in favor of the plan and 36 percent opposed.