Current law requires all property tax appeals in the entire state to be heard by the Dane County Circuit Court. This bill allows certain businesses (retailers, manufacturers, air carriers, railroads, pipeline companies, phone companies, conservation and regulatory companies) to file their appeals with the circuit court in the county their business is located in instead. Although this bill picks favorites and is partly a ploy at appearing to be pro-business (not pro-liberty), it is not taking away anyone's liberty. The bill makes the tax appeals process easier and more decentralized, therefore it earns the score of MORE LIBERTY.
SB-516 was introduced on February 27 by Senators Lasee, Grothman and Schultz; cosponsored by Representatives Strachota, Kooyenga, Spanbauer, Marklein, Bies, Rivard, Stroebel, Endsley and Thiesfeldt.