Brown County sales tax: Opponents appeal circuit court ruling upholding 0.5 percent tax

The Brown County Taxpayers Associated has appealed a circuit court ruling that the Brown County’s sales tax complies with state law.The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, based in Milwaukee, filed the appeal Wednesday on behalf of the taxpayers association and one of its members, who sued the county over its temporary 0.5% sales and use tax, approved three years ago by the Brown County Board.Brown County Circuit Court Judge John Zakowski ruled in the county’s favor earlier this spring. He said the county’s Debt Reduction, Infrastructure and Property Tax Relief Plan, funded by the sales tax, complied with state law.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.

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