By Tim Kowols
Sturgeon Bay could become the seventh community in the state to enact a premier resort area tax to address the city’s roads and sidewalks. The tax, which is already used in places like the Wisconsin Dells, Rhinelander, and Eagle River, is one of the principal recommendations made during the listening session being held on October 10 by the Ad Hoc Committee on Funding for Local Streets and Infrastructure. Committee chairperson David Ward says it is part of a draft of the final report that will be presented during the meeting.
Ward says if adopted, the city tax on tourist related-expenditures such as meals and lodging could raise as much as $500,000 a year to provide aid for Sturgeon Bay streets and sidewalks. The public listening session, which will also feature a discussion on city sidewalks, begins at 6:30 p.m. inside the Sturgeon Bay Common Council chambers.