On New Year’s Day the sales tax in Brown County will increase from five to five-point-five percent. As Kris Schuller reports the six-year tax will be used for a number of projects, that the county says are long overdue.
Come the first of the year shoppers in Brown County will pay just a little bit more at the cash register. An extra half a percent in sales tax that was approved by the County Board in May, to renovate or reconstruct a number of aging facilities.
“What this board, by a vote of 23 – 3 felt, was this was the best opportunity for Brown County to identify some of those needs that we feel have been long neglected,” said Brown County Board Chairman Patrick Moynihan.
Moynihan says the tax will be in place for six years. The goal is to generate $147 million in that time. The money will be used to build or improve libraries, roads, the County Fairgrounds and a new expo hall. He says they are projects that should generate new revenue.
“The new expo center, that’s the feeder for the entire Lombardi corridor,” Moynihan said “It is a catalyst to more development, more economic development.”
The tax means an extra five cents on a $10 meal, $2.50 on a $500 couch and $150 on a $30,000 car.
Tom Larson of HobbyTown USA says he’s prepared to start collecting the extra half percent from his customers next week. He doesn’t expect many complaints.
“I don’t anticipate it to be an issue at all. I think it’s just going to roll right out and people won’t really notice it,” Larson said.
“I’ll notice it when I go to McDonald’s and buy an ice tea, instead of paying $1.05, I’ll pay $1.06,” said one man asked by Local 5 about the tax increase. Another man told us he feels much the same. “It didn’t kill us on the stadium, I don’t think it’s going to kill us now,” he said.
“I think at the end of the day people are going to see some great things happen here in the county,” Moynihan said.