By Tim Kowols
The village of Sister Bay is discussing the possibility of becoming one of seven municipalities to implement a 0.5 percent premier resort area tax. Sister Bay and Ephraim are exempt from a Wisconsin law stating premier resort areas must have at least 40 percent of the equalized value of the taxable property be occupied by tourism-related retailers such as restaurants, hotels, and gift shops. Village Administrator Zeke Jackson says Sister Bay has seen an influx of tourists over the last few years, which is good for its local businesses but bad for its infrastructure.
Jackson says the premier resort area tax is subject to a referendum. Residents will be able to give their opinion on the potential tax when the village sends out its biennial survey in the coming weeks.