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PLAN FOR BREWERS NEW STADIUM TO CALL FOR TAX INCREASE
Published August 17, 1995
The plan for a new Brewers stadium will include "a call for new taxes in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties," but excludes other counties in the Milwaukee area, sources tell the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The plan is expected to propose a one-tenth of a penny increase in sales taxes in the two counties and possibility an increase in hotel and motel room taxes. The Brewers are expected to contribute: The value of the naming rights for the facility -- with Miller Brewing mentioned as a candidate; a down payment of $10M-$15M; and a loan to the team from the WI Housing and Economic Development Authority. Milwaukee County would be expected to contribute money for infrastructure costs, including the land for the facility -- the current parking lot just beyond centerfield at County Stadium. The plan will reportedly call for the creation of a stadium authority which could raise the taxes discussed to finance the project (Craig Gilbert, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/17).