Sup. John F. Weishan, Jr.
Press Release

Supervisor John Weishan, Jr. Disappointed by County Board’s Rejection of Arena Resolution

Says It Was Important for Board to Go on Record Against New Taxes for Downtown Arena

By - Nov 6th, 2014 04:05 pm

Milwaukee County Supervisor John Weishan, Jr., said today he was disappointed that the County Board rejected his resolution opposing any new tax to help pay for the renovation or construction of a new sports and entertainment arena to replace the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

“We have more important items to be concerned about than a new arena,” Weishan said. “This resolution would have put those who favor a tax for a new arena on notice that the Board will oppose the new tax. The County Board refused to take a stand, and I’m disappointed that we couldn’t send the message that a new tax is not an option.”

“We need to take care of playgrounds, schools, parks and transit before we start talking about using tax money for a new arena.”

He added that he was also against the expansion of the Miller Park sales tax to pay for the arena.

“Unfortunately, my colleagues decided not to take a stand against new taxes for an arena,” Weishan said. “I am not opposed to a new arena in the future. I simply believe there are those who need the Board’s help more. We have more pressing issues that need to be addressed before we build a new arena for wealthy athletes and team owners.”

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