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Property Taxes and Wisconsin Farmers in an Era of Tax Reform
ATFFI Publications No. 10 research report, February 1995
by Bradford Barham and Douglas Jackson-Smith

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For decades, Wisconsin farmers and the leading farm groups have argued in favor of property tax relief. Two basic contentions about property taxes have been put forth in support of reform. One is that farmers carry a large and disproportionate share of the responsibility for the financing of primary and secondary education and local government, the principle expenditures paid for by property taxes. The other is that high property taxes hamper the competitiveness of Wisconsin farmers relative to farmers elsewhere. This report examines these claims and other issues concerning property taxes paid by Wisconsin farmers using data from several sources.

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