Wisconsin Legislators Balk at Idea of Extending Stadium Sales Tax

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A sales tax to support the Miller Park stadium is tentatively set to end in 2014, and now two state lawmakers are pushing to make that end date a reality.

The 0.1 percent stadium sales tax is assessed in five counties in southeast Wisconsin.

When it began, lawmakers expected the tax to end in 2014.

The stadium district's board of directors is expected to receive a report Wednesday that may suggest the tax be extended, possibly three years.

So Republicans Robin Vos of Caledonia and Alberta Darling of River Hills have introduced a bill to lock in the end date at 2014.

They say taxpayers' rights should be preserved.

A spokesman for the board of directors says sales tax revenue has fallen, and extending the end date may be the only way to pay off the park.

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