RHINELANDER - Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of Revenue heard a new idea about taxes from people in the Northwoods today.
Rebecca Kleefisch and Rick Chandler hosted their 13th statewide Tax Reform Roundtable at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.
Community leaders, business owners, and local officials considered the idea of tying where people live in Wisconsin to how much they pay in taxes.
"The idea of changing the property tax structure and basing it by region was a new one. I had never heard that suggestion made before. It will be an interesting one to research, and to see if there are other areas that have pursued something similar," said Kleefisch after the roundtable.
The Northwoods is less economically developed than more urban parts of the state.
Because of that, a regional tax structure could give Northwoods taxpayers a break.
Overall, Kleefisch and Chandler heard more advanced tax ideas in the Northwoods.
"We've seen a lot of folks who are saying, taxes are too darn high, taxes are too darn complicated, and we need to see more long-term rate reductions. We saw some different variations on that today," Kleefisch said.
The state will consider the feedback while making its two-year budget next year.