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Gov. Walker will ensure property taxes won't go up if re-elected

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says that if voters re-elect him in November, he'll make sure that property taxes will not go up through at least 2018.

The Republican Walker told the Wisconsin Realtors Association Wednesday he wants to send a "powerful message" about cutting local taxes -- and his administration would spend this year and early next year on the specifics.

Walker told reporters he would offer a mix of more state aid to local governments and schools, plus new local spending limits. He said the ultimate formula would have to be worked out by lawmakers and others.

Walker was also careful to use the word "goal," so he's not dogged like he's been for just over four years -- after he promised to create a quarter-million private sector jobs in his first full term.

Walker won't get close to that, and a spokesman for his Democratic challenger Mary Burke calls the new property tax pledge "more empty rhetoric at a time when Wisconsin is not creating enough jobs."

Joe Zepecki added that Burke is also committed to holding the line on property taxes. It can be a tricky pledge, since both local taxes and state aid can vary so much, that some communities still see tax hikes even though the statewide average goes down. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)