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.
Yes, there’s something sweet and quite ironic about a new story posted on FranklinNOW.
The Franklin School District doesn’t like the fact they have to pay impact fees for all those Taj Mahal developments they hoodwinked voters into approving via referenda.
“The Franklin School District was surprised when it received a bill for about $100,000 in impact fees after beginning the construction of two new facilities.
“The facilities — additions to Franklin High School — were approved by district voters on Nov. 6, 2012; the new academic space and auditorium will cost about $34 million to build.”
It gets better.
“But impact fees charged by the city were not considered by the district when it determined the project's price tag. ‘When those fees were introduced a number of years ago, it was my understanding that public schools were exempt from them,’ Franklin Schools Superintendent Steve Patz said.”
These are the folks we entrust and pay rather handsomely to educate our children.
Now the biggest, by far, tax and spenders in Franklin are moaning and whining about being unfairly taxed!
PS. I think everyone gets that the impact fee would be paid for by the taxpayers. It doesn’t take away the sweet irony in this incident. It appears Franklin Public Schools can get the fee waived. If only Joe Q. Citizen had such recourse.
By the way, the impact fee? The greatest racket and snow job ever perpetrated by local units of government.