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Wisconsin lawmakers propose bill to end Miller Park sales tax

Posted at 2:17 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 15:17:08-05

MADISON — Three Wisconsin lawmakers are seeking to end the sales tax that has funded Miller Park's construction and maintenance.

Sens. Van Wanggaard and Tim Carpenter and Rep. Bob Wittke began circulating the bill for co-sponsors Friday.

Five southeastern Wisconsin counties — Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha — have been subject to the 0.1 percent tax since 1996.

The revenue goes toward retiring the $290 million construction debt and stadium maintenance.

Stadium district board officials hoped to retire the tax by 2014. They backed off that date in 2012, when the Great Recession took hold.

A consultant's report in 2018 found the district should be able to end the tax by early 2020.

The bill proposed by the three lawmakers would retire the Miller Park tax on Dec. 31 of this year. Their bill also would prohibit the stadium district board from incurring any obligations after June 30 that cannot be paid off by Dec. 31.