Lessons in tax and spend?: MATC’s levy plan could bolster case for elected board:
Two area state senators suspect their summer homework will be easier thanks to the Milwaukee Area Technical College and its proposal to raise its property tax levy 5%.
Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) had planned to spend a little free time building support for their proposal to require elections for all boards that have the authority to tax.
The proposal went virtually nowhere in the last legislative session, but they figure tax increases proposed by MATC and the other technical colleges in the state will bring some momentum. And it will help that those increases will appear on tax bills mailed in December, just a month before the next session.
“I believe it’s best to have representation that’s accountable, and that means being elected and having people know who’s making the decision; and to give people the opportunity to make changes,” Darling said. “People have to be accountable for spending and taxing.”
I’ll believe it when I see it.