Groups hoping to claim a portion of $1 million in excess stadium tax in Green Bay had until Friday afternoon to submit an application to the city. Now the work begins to pick projects that best benefit the area’s economy.
Ten months ago Susan Garot asked City Council for $250,000 in excess stadium tax money for an expansion project at the Green Bay Botanical Garden. Soon she’ll learn if a formal application for funding is approved.
“We think the Green Bay Botanical Garden ‘Grand Garden’ project really fits all the criteria the City Council has established to use those excess stadium tax dollars,” said Garot, the garden’s executive director.
Garot is among a number of groups who met Friday’s deadline for submitting an application to city hall, requesting a portion of $1 million in excess stadium tax, set aside for economic development projects.
“I’m hoping for something that will create some jobs, bring money into the community from visitors,” said Alderman Bill Galvin.
Galvin is among the six members of a subcommittee who will evaluate the applications, submitted by groups like the Kroc Community Center, National Railroad Museum, numerous neighborhood associations, and the Green Bay Botanical Garden.
“We have the matrix which breaks each application down into seven or eight subsections,” said Galvin.
The matrix ask many questions. What’s the purpose of the project? Can the project succeed without grant funding? What’s the economic impact on the community?
By noon Friday the applications submitted totaled over $2 million in requests – twice as much as the funding available.
“Understanding with a million dollars its probably not going to go that far, but I’d like to fund as many as possible,” said Galvin.
Garot said she remains optimistic. “We hope we get a significant gift.”
That subcommittee will the review the applications and present their recommendations to the city’s Finance Committee, before next moving on to City Council.