Room tax cooperation agreement voted down by Green Bay Redevelopment Authority

GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Green Bay Redevelopment Authority will be holding a special meeting Friday morning to further tackle their part in the plan for a future expo hall.
 
The Redevelopment Authority will be discussing and possibly voting on a revised cooperation agreement regarding room-tax revenue.
 
Last month, the Green Bay City Council voted to approve a hotel room tax to help fund the $93-million expo hall in Ashwaubenon.
 
However, city leaders are still working out the details of the agreement with other municipalities who also are helping pay for the expo hall.
 
This morning's meeting could find ways to add protections for the KI Convention Center so the new expo center doesn't hurt the convention center's business.
 
If a revised agreement is approved on Friday, it could head to the city council next week.
 
Other communities would also have to agree on the plan.
 
If all communities agree, county supervisors could vote on it next month.
 
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The future of a proposed $93-million expo hall in Ashwaubenon has hit yet another major hurdle.
 
Friday morning, in a 2-4 vote, the Green Bay Redevelopment Authority voted down an amended agreement to use city room tax revenue to fund the project. 
 
The proposed expo hall would replace the aging Veterans Memorial Arena.
 
Project backers say it would increase visitors to Brown County and bring more money into the region.
 
 But critics say losing control of Green Bay's room tax revenue would be bad for the city.
 
The expo hall is part of a larger proposal to raise $225-million through a mix of sales and hotel room taxes to pay for Brown County building and maintenance projects, and time is running out. 
 
County leaders must meet a September 1st deadline for the state to approve the sales tax portion of the project.
 
Along with Green Bay, Suamico, De Pere, Allouez, Ashwaubenon, Bellevue and Howard would also have to approve a final version of the proposal. 
 

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