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NEW BREWERS STADIUM RECEIVES MIXED EMOTIONS

     The board of directors of the WI Counties Assoc. voted
unanimously Friday to oppose a state-imposed sales tax on
Milwaukee and Waukesha counties to finance a new Brewers stadium,
according to Sam Martino of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.  The
group did, however, pass a resolution endorsing keeping the
Brewers in WI.  Waukesha County Board Chair James Dwyer:  "There
is a feeling that this could set a precedent.  We don't want to
have new regional authorities dictating taxes" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
SENTINEL, 8/26).  Figures released by the Greater Milwaukee Hotel
& Motel Assoc. on Friday said the city of Milwaukee would have
the second-highest tax on hotel patrons in the country if
approved a stadium financing plan is approved (Mike Nichols,
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/26).  Columnist Dale Hofmann
writes, "This is a vital project that's taken too long to gather
momentum, and there are still plenty of people trying to slow it
down" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/26).
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