PolitiFact Wisconsin: Walker's claims on income and property taxes

Posted at 7:17 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 20:17:50-04

Get ready for an election year battle over Gov. Scott Walker's record in office. 

The two-term Governor who also survived a recall is already running ads promoting his accomplishments. 

PolitiFact Wisconsin put them through the Truth-O-Meter.   

Taxes and property taxes are always a hot topic in any election year.  Walker promised to cut both during previous campaigns.

"What he's been saying is that property taxes and income taxes are both lower today than they were in 2010, which was just before he took office," said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PolitiFact Wisconsin checked the numbers with the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, numbers generally trusted by Republicans and Democrats.

In 2010, property taxes on a median-value home were $2,963. In 2018 they dropped to $2,875 for a difference of $88. 

But that doesn't mean every homeowner saw a drop in their property tax bill. 

"What we're looking at is the aggregate here," said Borowski. "And the median numbers show that the median household today is paying about $90 less in property taxes than they were in 2010."

As for income taxes, PolitiFact Wisconsin points out it's more difficult to measure or define a typical taxpayer. So it looked at tax rates in 2010 vs 2018.  

"Over time the governor and the Republican legislature reduced the tax rates that people are paying for income taxes and reduced the number of rates," said Borowski.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says Walker's statement is accurate but needs clarification. They rated this Mostly True.