By Roger Utnehmer
Sturgeon Bay city council member Barbara Allmann supports the recently-approved one-half percent sales tax to fund street repairs but she would rather see it imposed for only six months each year. Allmann told DoorCountyDailyNews.com that Sturgeon Bay needs the revenue a Premiere Resort Area Tax would generate. The PRAT was overwhelmingly approved in an advisory referendum April 3rd. However, she would like to see the tax imposed from spring, through summer, and into fall. That would generate less than the $800,000 a year the twelve-month tax collections would generate but would capture more tourist revenue and less from local year-round residents. Allmann says the initial study supports the idea.
The Wisconsin legislature must pass legislation that would permit Sturgeon Bay to impose the tax. That action is not expected to be considered until 2019.