Brown County was within its legal rights to enact a temporary 0.5% sales and use tax in the county, Circuit Court Judge John Zakowski ruled Tuesday.
“I’m pleased with the judge’s decision that we can continue with this fiscally conservative plan,” County Executive Troy Streckenbach said in a press release. “This plan makes crucial investments in our critical infrastructure while paying down debt and providing tax relief for property owners here in Brown County.”
The ruling concerns the Debt Reduction, Infrastructure and Property Tax Relief Plan approved by the County Board in May 2017.
The county board adopted the plan to help fund $147 million of new buildings, road repairs and other capital projects, including $25 million toward construction and maintenance of the $93 million expo center; $60 million for road and bridge improvements; $20 million for jail expansion; $5 million toward a science and technology center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; a medical examiner’s building; and other projects.