My blog has fallen on deaf ears.
Note Mayor Olson’s response in the comment section of the blog referenced above:
Kevin, you’re right. I am a levy guy not a rate guy. Our levy went up 2.5%. First increase since 2012. And yes, chasing a rate is a fools errand but our constituents are accustomed to using the rate as their benchmark.
At the end of the day, your individual tax bill goes up or down based on many factors and comparing it to others is very very subjective.
So the campaign to mislead continues.
The mayor’s comment that “our constituents are accustomed to using the rate as their benchmark” is rather strange.
I have two co-workers in my office that also live in Franklin and concur with me that the taxes are excessive. When I told them about the mayor’s reply about constituents and the tax rate one of them immediately frowned.
“What does that mean?”
My colleague continued, wondering out loud if the mayor thought people were too dumb to understand the difference between the levy and the rate.
I find it a bit disappointing that the mayor admits the levy is the key factor in property tax evaluation but his administration persists in pushing, not the best information, but information that is mostly irrelevant.
Tax rates went down. Whoopee. The levy and reassessments went up having a major effect on property tax bills.
Maybe instead of relying on tax rate propaganda the city should launch a public service effort to better educate and inform its citizens. I’d even help if asked.
As for the rest of the mayor’s comment:
“your individual tax bill goes up or down based on many factors”
“comparing it to others is very very subjective.”
The comparisons happen all the time, and not just by taxpayers but by analysts and people like me who has a cousin in Waukesha that has a larger house, more land, and the same quality of schools and services and yet pays much less than half of what I do.
I offer no apology for being subjective.