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State Assembly to vote on $100 million property tax cut bill

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A $100 million property tax cut will be up for a final vote at the State Capitol Thursday afternoon. 

The Assembly is expected to send the measure to Governor Scott Walker, who proposed the tax cut last Thursday. 

At that time, GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he couldn't imagine why any lawmaker would vote against lower taxes. Five senators managed to do so on Tuesday, when the upper house overwhelmingly passed the tax cut 28-5. 

The opponents said the average homeowner would only get an extra buck or two sliced off their taxes each year -- and the money would be better spent on schools and highways, or reducing the state's debt. 

They also accused the GOP of trying to make Walker look better as he stands for re-election next year. 

One of Walker's potential opponents -- Democrat Mary Burke -- said the other shoe will drop after those elections, when officials will have a larger deficit to slice back in the 2015 state budget.

That deficit, though, is not nearly as high as other governors and lawmakers have faced since the 1990's. 

Republicans said the tax cut resulted from a higher than expected surplus in the last budget -- and taxpayers should get that money back.