By Tim Kowols
Village officials hope the newly instituted Premier Resort Area Tax in Sister Bay helps alleviate some of the burden from its property owners. Residents approved the PRAT in February to add a 0.5 percent tax on tourism-related expenditures beginning on July 1. The hope is the influx of an expected $180,000 in revenue will help address the village’s future infrastructure needs. Sister Bay Finance Director Tasha Rass says businesses worked with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue to get into compliance.
Sister Bay is the fifth Wisconsin community to add the 0.5 percent PRAT to their rolls while Wisconsin Dells and Lake Delton charge 1.25 percent for tourism-related expenditures. The city of Sturgeon Bay will have to wait until the Wisconsin Legislature is back in session to learn if its request for PRAT designation is approved.