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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

UPDATE: Is there something in the water in Greendale?

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Bo Knows...Franklin?


The best thing going in Franklin could get a lot better.

The Milwaukee Business Journal reports:

Bo Jackson's Elite Sports — an indoor sports-training center — could soon be training athletes in metro Milwaukee under a dome at The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin.

The Bo Jackson organization of Chicago would partner in the project with Mike Zimmerman, who developed The Rock on Milwaukee County-owned land near South 76th Street and West Rawson Avenue. The Rock now includes six baseball fields, biking and skiing courses and a hilltop umbrella bar.

After the news broke, the following comments were heard inside Franklin City Hall:

That Zimmerman. He’s just tryin’ to show us up with all that vision and forward thinking stuff.

There’s gonna be more traffic….

Noise. We can’t be havin’ all that extra noise.

We need to hire a consultant to see how bad this could possibly be.

Athletes? We don’t want their kind in Franklin.

Can’t we go into closed session to find a way to kill this?

It better look just right.

Design has to be real nice.

Who does Zimmerman think he is?

A bank in that facility would be nice.

Or a nail salon.

And a bike path!

Hmmmm. I see….a bowling alley.

Green space. Must have lots of green space or forget it.

Just wait it out. Eventually Bo will go to Oak Creek.

Wasn’t the Rock an apple orchard a long time ago?

Will folks be able to ride their bikes to that thing or not?

I said…hire a damn consultant!

This used to be such a nice, quiet little town.

Bo who?


BTW, expect to read about this in the news section of FranklinNOW in about a week.

No live TV coverage of Franklin/Greendale football


Bummer.



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Tax Hell has frozen over


Back on July 15 I blogged the following:

Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the 2014-15 estimated general aid for each Wisconsin School District.  DPI is required to release the estimated school district general aid amounts by July 1.

Since no one else on FranklinNOW will tell you how the Franklin school district fared, then let me do it.

For 2014-25, the Franklin school district will receive $15,955,871 in general aid from the state of WI that is currently run by those big old nasty mean cruel Republicans.

That would be a 3.8% increase from last year’s general aid. Franklin will receive an increase this year in general aid of $583,644.

Last year, Franklin received an increase in general aid from the state of $552,690. That was an increase from the previous year of 3.97%.

The folks that run the schools in Franklin once again have to work hard to hide their tears in the hallways. Could they possibly justify a huge property tax increase by playing the poverty game and portraying the state as Ebenezer Scrooge? Could they turn around and still propose and approve a big tax increase? Could they maintain a nearly 4% increase in state aid still isn’t enough?

Lo and behold FranklinNOW is reporting a zero increase in the school property tax levy is likely this year.

We have to wait to see what happens, of course, but if the report pans out, it’s good news, and my prediction of another school tax increase will be wrong. Gee, I’m heartbroken about that.

FranklinNOW reports that, guess what, a big increase in state aid is responsible for the tax levy freeze.

Quoted is Superintendent Steve Patz:

"When we look at the fiscal part of our district and how we run, I think our community can be very proud of what we do and how well we do it," said Superintendent Steve Patz. "Education costs money, but I think we've been able to take the dollars we've had available to us and, over time, build a strong financial base."

“Take the dollars we have?” It’s as if Patz is suggesting the district has never had enough. His attempt to make the district sound fiscally responsible is laughable.

A tax levy freeze from this district? Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now and then.

Does the freeze atone for all those years of tax increases larger than the rate of inflation? Not really.

Look for the city property tax levy to remain frozen as well. It’s about time.


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