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Property taxes expected to go up $93

Madison (AP) — The estimated property tax increase under the new state budget is about the same as it was expected to be under Gov. Jim Doyle’s original budget proposal.

Property taxes under Doyle’s budget released in February were projected to increase $91 this year and $134 next year on a median-valued home.

Under the budget as passed by the Legislature last month, taxes this year on that $167,000 home would be $2 more, or $93. But next year, they would be $123, which is $11 less than originally projected.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau reports in its analysis released Monday that numerous property tax credit increases approved by the Legislature helped offset other changes that otherwise would have led to even higher property taxes.

Feds let Wisconsin tribe set water standards

Madison (AP) — Federal environmental officials have agreed to let a Wisconsin tribe set its own water-quality standards.

The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will set quality standards for state discharge permits issued for on-reservation facilities such as sewage plants. The state must follow the tribe’s standards when it issues permits to facilities upstream of the reservation, since any discharges would flow onto the reservation.

The standards will be subject to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval.

Two other Wisconsin tribes — the Sokaogon Chippewa and the Lac Du Flambeau — have their own standards.

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