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Brown County supervisor calls for vote of support for Professional Football Stadium District

Lambeau Field stadium (file image)
Lambeau Field stadium (file image)
Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 4:43 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2022 at 4:15 PM CST
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - On Tuesday night, the Green Bay City Council voted to affirm the Finance Committee decision to receive and place on file the presentation given by Rep. David Steffen as a result of the request of Ald. Brunette to attend the finance committee.

That presentation was meant to explain why Rep. Steffen wants to dissolve the Professional Football Stadium District Board and how his proposed legislation would affect the City of Green Bay. It was also a question-and-answer session with committee members and other alders who attended that meeting, plus members of the Green Bay Packers organization

Brunette tells Action 2 News he doesn’t expect another meeting to happen until the bill is presented to the Assembly, potentially next session.

However, Finance Committee Chair Barb Dorff tells Action 2 News the city won’t take further action on this issue at this time.

Separately, members of the Brown County Board of Supervisors are being asked to vote on whether they support continuing the Stadium District Board.

As we’ve reported, Rep. Steffen (R-Howard) introduced a bill to dissolve the Stadium District Board, and the Green Bay Packers have threatened “immediate major litigation” if the state goes through with it. The Packers say it would violate the team’s lease with the city and the board which includes a 10% Lambeau Field ticket tax for stadium maintenance.

Steffen says the board has “exhausted” its original purpose of managing funds from a half-cent county sales tax for Lambeau Field renovations. Steffen proposes ending the program and using its funds to give Brown County property tax payers a one-time check of $700 and diverting millions of dollars from the ticket tax to local governments for law enforcement, infrastructure, and small business and community projects.

Patrick Evans, a supervisor for District 9, plans to submit a proposal at Wednesday night’s meeting. We’re told this is a formality, and his proposal will be assigned to the county’s Executive Committee for discussion next month. Evans is asking Rep. Steffen to attend the meeting along with representatives from the Packers and Stadium District Board.

The full county board could take up the proposal at its meeting later in February after the Executive Committee meeting.

Evans’s proposal reads in part:

“The Brown County Board of Supervisors is in support of the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District.” Results of the vote will be sent to the Wisconsin State Legislature (all Senate and Assembly members) and office of the Governor.

As the people of Brown County have provided over $300 million in a half-percent sales tax lasting almost 15 years, they should have a voice in support (or dissolving) of the District and subsequently District Board (oversight body). This vote of support (or lack there-of) should be conducted through representation, on behalf of the constituent, by their respective County Board Supervisor.”

Packers: Stadium District legislation would be met with “major litigation” (wbay.com)

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