"I open up the bill and almost fell off the couch, 18.4 percent increase," said homeowner John Molling.
For Molling that's a $450 dollar increase. Last year, he said his bill went up by about $50. His neighbor Deb Neuroth saw a $530 dollars increase.
They and the dozen other homeowners on South Pohl Drive all pay into the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District. The district has been in financial trouble. The state approved more than $15 million in loans last year leading to the tax hike.
"That's a high increase," said Neuroth.
The homeowners argue their street is about a mile from Eisenhower High School in New Berlin and more than three miles from Nathan Hale High School in West Allis.
Molling said New Berlin Schools agreed to the swap, but the West Allis school board did not take up their request.