Brown County Supervisor Calls for Support Vote for Pro Football Stadium District

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Green Bay City Council voted Tuesday night to invite a state legislator to present his reasons for wanting to disband the Professional Football Stadium District Board and how his proposed legislation would affect the City of Green Bay. .

Alderman Jesse Brunette requested that Rep. David Steffen make a presentation to the city’s finance committee and have a question-and-answer session with committee members and other alders attending the meeting. No date has been set, and Brunette tells Action 2 News that he does not expect that meeting to take place until the bill is introduced in the Assembly.

Separately, members of the Brown County Board of Supervisors are being asked to vote on whether they support keeping the stadium district board.

As we reported, Rep. Steffen (R-Howard) introduced a bill to disband the Stadium District Council and the Green Bay Packers threatened ‘immediate major proceedings’ if the state goes all the way. The Packers say it would violate the team’s lease with the city and the board that includes a 10% tax on Lambeau Field tickets for stadium maintenance.

Steffen says the board has “exhausted” its original goal of managing funds from a half-cent county sales tax for Lambeau Field renovations. Steffen proposes ending the program and using its funds to give Brown County taxpayers a one-time $700 check and divert millions of ticket tax dollars to local governments for law enforcement. , infrastructure and small businesses and community projects.

Patrick Evans, District 9 supervisor, plans to submit a proposal at Wednesday night’s meeting. We’re told it’s a formality, and his proposal will go to the county executive committee for discussion next month. Evans asks Rep. Steffen to attend the meeting with representatives from the Packers and Stadium board.

The full county council could take up the proposal when it meets later in February after the executive committee meeting.

Evans’ proposal reads in part:

“The Brown County Board of Supervisors supports the Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District.” Voting results will be sent to the Wisconsin State Legislature (all members of the Senate and Assembly) and the Governor’s Office.

As the people of Brown County have provided over $300 million in a half percent sales tax for nearly 15 years, they should have a voice to support (or disband) the district and subsequently the district council (supervisory body). This support vote (or lack thereof) should be conducted by the representation, on behalf of the voter, by their respective county council supervisor.

Packers: Stadium District legislation would face ‘major litigation’ (wbay.com)

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