By Tim Kowols
The Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront believe they should receive equal time after the city sent out documents in residents’ bills from Sturgeon Bay Utilities. The mailing, which was also posted on the city of Sturgeon Bay Facebook page, highlights the accomplishments of the west waterfront redevelopment and the effect its lawsuit against the Friends group has had on potential revenues in the Tax Increment District. Carri Andersson, a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the city, believes the letter is framing the Friends of the Sturgeon Bay Public Waterfront with costing the taxpayers a lot of money.
In the letter, the city states the lawsuit is costing TID #4 $225,000 in property tax revenue every year development does not take place. The two sides are expected to go to trial February 9.