Brown County Taxpayers Association requests delay on sale tax vote

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Brown County Taxpayers Association is asking county leaders to delay a vote on a proposed half-percent sales tax.

The vote is scheduled to happen at the board's May 17 meeting.

The tax would generate $147 million over the next six years. Part of that money would go toward a Brown County Veterans memorial area project.

The spending is broken down as follows:

$60 million -- roads and facilities infrastructure
$20 million -- jail and mental health
$20 million -- libraries
$15 million -- Expo Hall
$10 million -- medical examiner’s morgue and public safety
$10 million -- maintenance fund Resch and Expo
$6 million -- fairground and parks
$5 million -- STEM center
$1 million -- museum

In a statement released Thursday, the Taxpayers Association believes it is too soon to vote on the tax.

"Our group understands and concurs with the need to replace the existing Arena. Of far more concern to us is the proposed method of financing for that project and the other eight projects being advanced," said Association President, Rich Heidel. "Holding a vote 15 days after being formally presented at the State of the County address simply does not allow sufficient time for proper debate and vetting.”

The Association also questions if the tax meets legal requirements of Wisconsin's statute for county sales taxes.

Brown County leaders are hosting nine meetings over the next week, giving residents a chance to weigh in on the tax.

Critics have questioned the benefit to those living in a community on the outskirts of Green Bay.

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