Proposed tax for possible new Bucks stadium raises eyebrows

CREATED Nov 2, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- The leader of a task force asked to make recommendations on Milwaukee's future NBA arena needs has raised some eyebrows for proposing a new tax on the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County.

Rich Kirchen, a reporter for the Business Journal, tells Newsradio 620 WTMJ that Tim Sheehy's tax plan has irked some Milwaukee politicians.

Kirchen says that Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett calls the tax strictly on Milwaukee and Milwaukee County "very premature" while Milwaukee Alderman Michael Murphy says "no way" on a tax for just for the city and the county.

Sheehy was asked to look into a new NBA arena as the Milwaukee Bucks' lease with the BMO Harris Bradley Center is set to expire in 2017.  Sheehy told the Business Journal that a tax on other cities and counties just won't work.

By contrast, the sales tax paying off the Miller Park debt is assessed in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington and Racine counties.

Bucks owner and U.S. Senator Herb Kohl has asked for a new stadium.