The Wisconsin Policy Forum's latest research examines trends in municipal finance, compares Wisconsin’s municipal funding structures to other Midwest states and the nation, and provides insights on alternative financing options. They find that cities and villages in Wisconsin rely more heavily on property taxes than any other state in the Midwest, and to a greater degree than most states nationally.
The Wisconsin Policy Forum does not argue in this report for higher or lower local taxes and spending. Instead, this study seeks to outline municipal revenue options and their inevitable tradeoffs.
The research was commissioned by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Wisconsin Association of REALTORS, and the Greater Milwaukee Committee. The complete report can be found