Governor to Veto Part of Property Tax Freeze

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Governor Jim Doyle is scheduled to sign the state budget into law Monday morning, but not before he vetoes another section of the budget sent to him by Republicans in the legislature.

Governor Doyle is expected to eliminate part of the property tax freeze supported by Republicans. Doyle will limit the freeze to two years, instead of three, and property taxes could still go up if a city experiences growth or has a lot of debt.

Both sides disagree whether the changes water down the property tax freeze, and whether Republicans will try to override the veto.

"I think this really is an accomplishment of finding common ground, and getting something done as republicans and democrats. That's really going to help property taxpayers of the state, and make sure our schools are protected," says Dan Leistikow, Governor Doyle spokesman.

"I'm disappointed but he came part of the way to the republican plan, and we'll just try and evaluate whether we should try and override or what our alternatives are in front of us," says Assembly Speaker John Gard.

Governor Doyle will sign the budget and announce his final vetoes Monday. We'll have a full report on NBC 15 News at 5 and 6.

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