Brown Co. Board passes half-percent sales tax plan

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Brown County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of the half-percent sales tax plan, passing the measure 23-3 on Wednesday night.

The plan needed at least 14 votes to pass.

Starting on January 1st, 2018, the half-percent sales tax will go into effect in Brown County.

Brown County executive Troy Streckenbach presented the plan to supervisors just weeks ago. Many were in favor of it, some were against it, and others wanted to see the measure go to a referendum to let the voters decide.

The half-percent sales tax will last six years, and also includes a sunset clause. It will raise a total of $147 million for capital projects. 

The funds will be separated into nine categories:

1.Infrastructure, roads, and facilities: $60 million

2. Jail overcrowding issues and mental health projects: $20 million

3. Library: $20 million

4. Expo Hall redevelopment: $15 million

5. Resch Expo Center maintenance: $10 million

6. Public Safety and Medical Examiner projects: $10 million

7. Fairgrounds and parks: $6 million

8. STEM Innovation Center: $5 million

9. Neville Public Museum updates: $1 million


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