Despite many shifts in Wisconsin’s property tax since 1946, the state’s rank among the states remained consistently in the top 20.
This spring, Wisconsin voters will elect a new state Supreme Court justice to the first vacant seat in more than a decade.
At nearly $11 billion, the property tax is not only the largest state-local tax but also second-largest for many Wisconsin taxpayers after the federal income tax.
One of the largest declines in Wisconsin state tax collections has gone largely unnoticed. UI tax collections declined 18.6% in 2017 to $751.3 million.
The sales tax is Wisconsin state government’s second-largest tax. Sales tax collections rose 3.1% in 2017.
State taxes and fees in Wisconsin totaled $18.8 billion in 2017, a 1.7 percent increase over 2016.
The state-local tax burden relative to personal income has declined steadily in recent years, from a high of 11.9% in 2011 to 10.7% in 2017. This figure excludes federal taxes.