By Tim Kowols
Sister Bay residents voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to add a 0.5 percent sales tax to tourism-related expenditures to help support its infrastructure. The final vote was 168 to 33 to add the Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT), making it the seventh community to approve it since Lake Delton added it in 1998. Village Finance Director Tasha Rass said earlier this month that the funds raised by the PRAT will go towards critical needs in the community without having to raise property taxes.
The PRAT will be enacted in Sister Bay once the Department of Revenue verifies the result and selects a date. The City of Sturgeon Bay approved $12,000 to be spent on a public relations firm to help educate residents on its own PRAT referendum vote April 3, but would need additional help from the state legislature to approve it before it is enacted.