Doyle Proposes Property Tax Limits, $850 Million More for K-12

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Governor Jim Doyle is proposing his own plan to strictly limit property taxes, but only if lawmakers go along with his desire to pump an additional 850 million dollars into public education and help local governments hold down spending.

Doyle, who presented his two-year budget to the Republican-controlled Legislature Tuesday night, has vetoed Republican efforts to limit property taxes over the past two years.

But the Democratic governor included his own property tax plan in a budget that also details how he wants to fix the state's one-point-six billion dollar deficit. To make up the shortfall, Doyle proposes a series of spending cuts and accounting maneuvers but doesn't advocate raising sales, income or excise states.

Doyle billed his property tax proposal as a reasonable way to
ease the growing burden on homeowners without cutting education funding or services of local governments.

In other words, he says his property tax freeze is a responsible
one.

He warned lawmakers that his support for state-mandated limits on local property taxes is contingent upon lawmakers agreeing to fund education and local governments at the levels he proposed.

He says the budget protects schools and the quality of local services, in addition to freezing property taxes.

But Republican Assembly Speaker John Gard says the proposal
doesn't go far enough. He says Republicans plan to put a real freeze in the budget before sending it back to Doyle for signing.

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