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With rising costs in areas like fringe benefits and infrastructure, stagnant state aids, and restrictions on property tax levies and other local taxes, municipalities and counties in Wisconsin are challenged in addressing their budget pressures. Our latest research finds, however, that they have increasingly turned to fees for services – also known as charges – to support their operations.

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