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Brown County Taxpayers Assn. opposes referendum, county sales tax


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Brown County Taxpayers Association is out with their official stances on two big issues ahead of Tuesday's election.

The first has to do with the Green Bay School District $20 million referendum. The group opposes the referendum asking voters to allow them to borrow for maintenance projects.

"Allocating sufficient budget dollars to maintain facilities is a key responsibility of any school board," said BCTA President Richard Parins in a statement. "Underfunding facility maintenance in annual budgets and then coming back to the taxpayers every few years with requests to borrow money to repair failing facilities is not sound fiscal practice."

The other part had to do with receiving pledges from 16 Brown County Board candidates to oppose any attempt to enact a half-percent county sales tax.

"We know the county option sales tax does not provide property tax relief -- it only fuels government spending," said Parins. 

The association has heard rumors that some interests want to put that sales tax in place after the Lambeau Field Stadium District tax expires in 2015.