PLAN FOR BREWERS NEW STADIUM TO CALL FOR TAX INCREASE
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).