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Department of Revenue eyes homes

To The Telegram: It's a mistake to ignore our Wisconsin Department of Revenue, especially this year. After printing social security numbers on thousands of address labels and following up by misallocating millions of dollars of county sales tax c...

To The Telegram:

It's a mistake to ignore our Wisconsin Department of Revenue, especially this year.

After printing social security numbers on thousands of address labels and following up by misallocating millions of dollars of county sales tax collections, WDOR is turning its eye toward homeowners, or more precisely, into their homes.

WDOR central planners intend to mandate an electronic data-base with detailed information, interior and exterior, on every privately owned house in Wisconsin. WDOR will then make all of this info available on the Internet.

What information? Age, style, siding, quality, condition, living areas, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, garages, fireplaces, additions, basements, etc., for starters! Eventually it will be a conscription of the local assessor's records, which include a sketch of the 'footprint' and photos. Minor advances in appraisal software will provide the WDOR Internet database with room layouts and/or uploaded blueprints.

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Scott Shields, WDOR-Madison, says names will not be shown, street addresses will be shown. The effort is scheduled to begin this summer, starting with homes that change hands this year.

"Trust, but verify" at www.revenue.wi.gov , click on 'Assessor Education,' then 'Fall 2009 Assessor School...' and, then the 2nd bullet, 'Real Estate Transfer Return...'. See slides 5 and 6.

Multi-million dollar contracts of tax dollars got it started; user-fees will maintain it. Subscription fees from realtors, fee appraisers, attorneys and burglars, to name a few.

Invasion of privacy? Violations of 4th and 5th Amendments? Do your legislators even know about this? Should the Legislative Audit Bureau check into this?

Ask questions, get answers! 'All it takes for evil to succeed is for good people to do nothing.'

Douglas J. Kurtzweil,

Hayward

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