By Roger Utnehmer
Sturgeon Bay taxpayers are footing a $12,000 bill to turn city government into a propaganda machine. Council members voted to hire a Green Bay public relations firm to promote passage of the one-half percent Premier Resort Area Tax. The $800,000 a year raised with the PRAT tax would be used to finance street construction and maintenance.
Spending taxpayer dollars to promote propaganda is a waste of money that would be much better spent patching potholes.
Hiring a Green Bay firm to handle the city public relations campaign also insults those who promote the Door County Buy Local Initiative. This money was spent without even asking for proposals or giving local public relations firms an opportunity to do the work.
So, in addition to the PRAT tax on the ballot April 3rd being a short-term local solution to a long-term state-wide problem these are two more reasons to vote NO. There are better ways to pay for streets, roads and highways than a bigger Sturgeon Bay sales tax.
That’s my opinion. I’d like to hear yours.