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Several 2023 reports ranked Wisconsin among the states with the highest property taxes.

GoBankingRates in June ranked Wisconsin seventh, with an average effective property tax rate of 1.63%. The rate was calculated by dividing the average annual dollar amount paid by residents ($4,351) by the state’s average home value ($266,908).

World Population Review in March ranked Wisconsin sixth, with a median property tax rate of 1.85%. The rate was also calculated using the state’s median property tax payment divided by the median home price.

WalletHub in February ranked Wisconsin seventh, with an effective rate of 1.73%. It calculated an annual tax bill of $3,472 on a state median-value home of $200,400.

The Legislature will soon vote on a plan to cut property taxes $795 million over two years, said Howard Marklein, Joint Committee on Finance co-chair.

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GOBankingRates States With the Highest Property Taxes

World Population Review Property Taxes by State [Updated March 2023]

WalletHub Property Taxes by State

WisPolitics Sen. Marklein, Rep. Born: Announce $4.4 billion tax cut

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Tom Kertscher joined as a Wisconsin Watch fact checker in January 2023 and contributes to our collaboration with the The Gigafact Project to fight misinformation online. Kertscher is a former longtime newspaper reporter, including at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has worked as a self-employed journalist since 2019. His gigs include contributing writer for PolitiFact and sports freelancer for The Associated Press.