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.
Source: Brown County Taxpayers Association loses suit over sales tax
The quick pitch event that was scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the STEM Innovation Center has been cancelled.
On March 4, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Brown County STEM Innovation Center will be hosting an Innovation in Aging Student Idea Competition in rooms 137-139. This event is free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. Innovation in Aging challenges UW-Green Bay students to create innovative solutions to combat hardships and improve quality of life for an aging public. The team with the best solution will receive a cash prize. The competition gives students an opportunity to grow idea development, collaboration and presentation skills. Eight different teams of three to five students will present their ideas in brief presentations to a panel of three judges from the community. Prizes (first through third) and a People’s Choice award, will be presented at the closing of the event. This event is hosted by WiSys, CHESW, CSET and the Cofrin School of Business.
Wisconsin Sea Grant is launching a new series of free, public talks called “The Lake Talks.” The talks will take place in communities on or near Lake Michigan and touch upon issues of importance to the Great Lakes. The first event will be held at the Neville Public Museum (210 Museum Place) in Green Bay, Wis. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The topic is “Setting Sail for Great Lakes Learning.” Admission to the Neville Museum is free for Brown County residents after 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, so area residents will be able to visit the museum and attend the talk for free.
“Setting Sail for Great Lakes Learning” will be a panel with time for audience questions. The speakers will be three educators who set sail from St. Ignace, Mich., in August 2019 aboard a replica 19th-century schooner, the Denis Sullivan. Over the course of six days, they sailed to Duluth, Minn., along with 13 other educators. Their main purpose was a shipboard science workshop focusing on Great Lakes ecology, water quality and awareness of tribal approaches to research and natural resource management. While engaging in a busy schedule of science activities, the educators were also expected to pull their weight as crew members sailing the three-masted schooner, from swabbing the deck to keeping watch at night. Attendees will hear from panelists about the challenges and high points of this unique voyage and how it enhanced their classroom instruction once they got home.
The panelists are: Kelly Koller, Howard-Suamico School District; Dave Landers, Pulaski Community Middle School; and Christina Dzwonkowski, conservation warden with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. All are welcome to attend this event. It will be of special interest to those with an interest in the Great Lakes, sailing, science (including citizen science efforts) and Ojibwe culture. Future installments of the Lake Talks will take place in Green Bay on May 28 at the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on the UW-Green Bay campus, and on May 30 in Kenosha at Public Craft Brewing Co. Those events are also free and open to the public. More details will be released soon.