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File #: 29484    Version: 1 Name: Opposing Wisconsin Assembly Bill 5 and Wisconsin Senate Bill 34.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 3/13/2013 In control: COMMON COUNCIL ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITTEE (ended 4/2017)
On agenda: 3/19/2013 Final action: 3/19/2013
Enactment date: 3/20/2013 Enactment #: RES-13-00174
Title: Opposing Wisconsin Assembly Bill 5 and Wisconsin Senate Bill 34.
Sponsors: Mark Clear, Shiva Bidar, Matthew J. Phair, Chris Schmidt, Larry Palm, Steve King, Michael E. Verveer, Paul R. Soglin, Lisa Subeck, Lauren Cnare, Tim Bruer, Joseph R. Clausius, Sue Ellingson, Jill Johnson, Bridget R. Maniaci, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Marsha A. Rummel, Paul E. Skidmore, Anita Weier, Brian L. Solomon
Attachments: 1. 3/13/13 H. Allen Memo Re: AB 5 & SB 34.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
3/19/20131 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Under Suspension of Rules 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, and 2.25Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
3/13/20131 Council Office RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT UNDER SUSPENSION OF RULES 2.04, 2.05, 2.24, & 2.25 - MISC. ITEMS  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
No appropriation required.
Opposing Wisconsin Assembly Bill 5 and Wisconsin Senate Bill 34.
WHEREAS, two bills currently pending before the Wisconsin Legislature would provide a property tax exemptions for commercial television and radio broadcasters; and,
WHEREAS,  residential owners already pay more than 2/3 of all statewide property taxes, while the share paid by businesses has decreased; and,
WHEREAS, the State of Wisconsin has primarily reserved property tax exemptions for benevolent non-profit organizations and this exemption would benefit commercial for-profit businesses without a public purpose; and,
WHEREAS, commercial broadcasters already enjoy a property tax exemption for digital broadcasting equipment, also without a public purpose; and,
WHEREAS, a property tax exemption for commercial radio and television broadcasters would reduce assessed value in the City of Madison by over $9 million, shifting more than $200,000 in tax burden to homeowners and other taxpayers,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Mayor and Common Council oppose Assembly Bill 5 and Senate Bill 34, and any other effort by the Wisconsin Legislature to further erode our city's ability to provide services by exempting commercial property from property taxes.