Milwaukee Common Council
Press Release

Stadium repairs shouldn’t be on the City of Milwaukee taxpayers’ dime

From Alderman Jonathan Brostoff, Alderman Lamont Westmoreland, Alderwoman Larresa Taylor, Alderman Mark A. Borkowski, and Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

By - Jul 19th, 2023 11:19 am

With Governor Evers’ months-old proposal to use part of the state’s surplus to fund $290 million in needed repairs to American Family Field all but dead, we want to change the expectations’ trajectory for the funding in a fundamental way.

We believe firmly that NOT A DIME of the funding should be footed by City of Milwaukee taxpayers.

The Brewers and the stadium district need to identify a funding model that uses a mix of private funding – including some from team ownership – as well as borrowing and other sources to take care of the repairs.

When a vehicle breaks down and needs repairs to keep running, people dip into savings or use credit to pay the bill. We believe this is exactly what needs to happen with American Family Field.

The Brewers are a tremendous asset and have put together a winning team by making very wise and strategic decisions with personnel and with payroll. We see no reason why they cannot do the same when it comes to addressing the repairs at Am Fam Field.

NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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2 thoughts on “Stadium repairs shouldn’t be on the City of Milwaukee taxpayers’ dime”

  1. Jhenry1131 says:

    Totally agree! I don’t understand why these wealthy owners and teams keep getting bailed out for things they should be responsible for. People complain about HANDOUTS, but then are willing to give millions to millionaires and billionaires. No more. I am sure they will threaten to leave Milwaukee, and that would be sad. Lots of jobs would be lost (although they don’t pay much at AmFam). But we can’t keep bowing down and exorbing the costs for these ongoing expenses. I am sure in 10 years they will say they need a whole new Stadium. Thank you Alderpersons for opposing this!

  2. DAGDAG says:

    Make the BREWER’s open up their records. If the State and City (a.k.a. the taxpayers) are going to have to keep paying for a private FOR PROFIT enterprise and its upkeep, why can’t we get 1% or 2% back from the profits? I am tired of the excuse that a venue brings jobs or tax revenue in and therefore all is even. Its not. There should be more returned…or a fund should be set up that is taken off the top of the profits to pay for the upkeep and maintenance.

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