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Proposed school levy concerns County Board Chair

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Wood County Courthouse, Wisconsin Rapids
Wood County Courthouse, Wisconsin Rapids

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, WI (WSAU) -  On Monday, Mid-State Technical College approved their 2012-2013 tax levy, which includes a 3 percent tax increase. That breaks down to a $1.75 per $1,000 mil rate. The Wood County Board Chairman Lance Pliml is concerned because while other tax funded entities are expected to hold the line on taxes and spending, he sees an expansion in MSTC spending.

Pliml says education is going to be the thing that drives economic development in the state, but all entities with taxing authority need to hold their budgets in line instead of expanding the levy to match their desired budget.  Pliml says it’s hard for taxpayers to believe you’re holding the line on taxes and spending when the bill goes up.

Pliml says the technical college system has an ability to levy taxes that the University of Wisconsin system doesn’t have.

Since the county sends out the tax bill on behalf of all taxing entities including MSTC, he gets the phone calls complaining about tax hikes... even when there is nothing the County Board can do about it.

Mid-State Technical College claims to be funded at levels not seen since the 1980s as a result of the tax levy freeze and state funding cuts. The college says they reduced their overall budget by $2.3 million last year.

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