5-County Tax Freedom Day
(MADISON)—Today, Senator Tim Carpenter issued the following statement regarding the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District’s Board meeting today, at which they have indicated that they will certify the end of the 5-county sales and use tax:
“Today is the day that the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District (the District) will finally certify an end to the Miller Park Tax.
“In 1995, the Wisconsin Legislature convened in a special session and ultimately passed a deal to build Miller Park, funded by a 0.1% sales and use tax across 5 counties: Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha.
“In March of 2002, the District’s governing board indicated that the sales and use tax could be sunsetted in 2014. Later that year, the Legislative Audit Bureau conducted a review of the Milwaukee Brewers Stadium Costs, which brought concerns about the financing schedule to the attention of the Legislature. In its response, included with the audit report, the District reaffirmed its commitment to a 2014 sunset date.
“After this is when I began my attempts to codify a sunset for the Miller Park Tax. In 2003, I offered an amendment to sunset the tax by December 31st of 2014. For the following 16 years, I and my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly made several attempts to establish a predictable ending to the tax, all proved unsuccessful despite the fact that the District had made its intentions to end the tax in 2014 clear. Finally, after the District made the suggestion that they were ready to certify the end of the tax during 2020, a bill that would sunset this tax began to look like it would be able to pass the legislature.
“Some in the community have recommended continuing the sales and use tax, and putting those funds toward other projects that our state government has been neglecting, such as the sorry state of local roads, or other city and county projects and departments that are struggling to find funding. I agree that these priorities need to be addressed, but I do not think that continuing this tax would be an appropriate mechanism to achieve those goals.
“I look forward to attending the board meetings of the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District today, to watch as they take this major step to certify an end to the 5-county Sales and Use Tax. Finally!”
- 5-County Tax Freedom Day - State Sen. Tim Carpenter - Mar 10th, 2020
- Murphy’s Law: About that Miller Park Economic Impact - Bruce Murphy - Feb 25th, 2020
- AFP-WI Applauds Gov. Evers for Ending Miller Park Perk - AFP Wisconsin - Nov 21st, 2019
- The Battle to Sunset the Miller Park Tax is Finally Over - State Sen. Tim Carpenter - Jun 20th, 2019
- Excess from the Miller Park Tax Should Be Returned to the 5 Counties - State Sen. Tim Carpenter - Apr 16th, 2019
- Murphy’s Law: Taxpayers Make Bucks, Brewers Rich - Bruce Murphy - Apr 16th, 2019
- Rep. Neylon Issues Statement on Stadium Tax Vote - State Rep. Adam Neylon - Mar 13th, 2019
- Murphy’s Law: The Wealth Gap and Miller Park’s Deal - Bruce Murphy - Jan 24th, 2019
- Murphy’s Law: Miller Park Tax Ends in 2020. Not. - Bruce Murphy - Mar 20th, 2018
- Murphy’s Law: The Bogus Studies of Miller Park - Bruce Murphy - May 10th, 2017
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