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New Berlin residents facing 18.4% school tax to pay for West Allis-West Milwaukee district loan

NEW BERLIN, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Even though voters last April rejected a referendum to help the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, the school board approved a nearly $16 million loan and taxpayers are footing the bill. 

Some people who live in neighboring New Berlin but who belong to the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District are furious over their 18% school tax increase. 

CBS 58 spoke to John Molling who wants to have two blocks in his neighborhood zoned to the New Berlin school district instead of West Allis. 

"Basically everybody knows what this comes down to and it's four words...'We need your money.' We need your money and everybody knows that's the answer. It's not for the kids, it's not what's right for the taxpayer," Molling said. 

The increase will cost Molling and his neighbors about $500 extra. He is hopeful that through the appeal the state will allow them out of the West Allis-West Milwaukee school district for good. 

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