By Roger Utnehmer
A founder of the Door County Silent Sport Alliance and long-time advocate for bike paths and sidewalk improvements has come out against the Sturgeon Bay Premiere Resort Area Tax, calling its wording “misleading.”
Paul Anschutz also questions the financial management of Tax Incremental Districts and says hundreds of thousands of dollars are being directed to bail out under-performing TIDS rather than being available to street repair. He urges voters to defeat the PRAT and elect new council members.
“Beware voter,” Anschutz says. Passage of the Sturgeon Bay sales tax, as written, “opens up a whole new checkbook for our council.”
Anschutz says “We’ve been taken to the cleaners far too many times by our councils.” He says “TID 2 is being bailed out to the tune of roughly $400,000 a year from TID 1 monies, that should be going into the general fund for road repair are being spent for mistakes by mayors, staff and councilmen, past and present.”
The one-half percent sales tax increase, proposed as a means to fund city streets, is on the ballot Tuesday is only advisory. Another vote would have to be taken, as well as action by the state legislature, to allow Sturgeon Bay to impose the tax.
The entire statement by Paul Anschutz can be found with this story at DoorCountyDailyNews.com.