Sturgeon Bay Council Moves PRAT Process Forward

The Sturgeon Bay City Council has again endorsed the idea of a Premier Resort Area Tax to help pay for street improvements. On a unanimous vote, council members essentially set in motion the effort to get the half a cent sales tax approved on the state level. During discussion, City Administrator Josh VanLieshout explained what the council vote will trigger…

The idea of implementing the tax or “PRAT” on tourism-oriented sales is the by-product of the work of an ad hoc citizen committee headed up by Alderman David Ward.

Ward estimated the tax could generate $800,000 to pay for street upgrades. The discussion also included talk about some sort of sunset clause. Ward said his committee suggested one such option…

State Representative Joel Kitchens offered to shepherd the legislation through the state assembly. At a previous meeting, Kitchens noted that the effort would be far from a “slam dunk.”

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