UNDATED (AP) -- The portion of property taxes that pay for schools has climbed nearly seven and a-half percent this December, compared to last year.
An analysis by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says the increase is the largest since a nearly eleven percent jump in 1992-1993.
It moves the school levy above four billion dollars for the first time.
The analysis shows one in three schools raised their property taxes by double digits.
Taxpayers Alliance director Todd Berry says part of the reason for the increase is because legislators were late in passing a state budget, so school districts had to assume they would get no new state aid.
Lawmakers put more money in the school levy credit to partly offset the property tax increase. But, Berry says taxes would have gone up more than usual anyway.