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What We're Working OnSubmitted: 04/01/2015
- Leaders in Rhinelander will ask voters to approve an advisory question on whether to implement a Premier Resort Area Sales Tax on the city's April 7th ballot. The tax is the only municipal retail sales tax authorized by the Wisconsin Legislature. The 0.5% (1/2 cent on the dollar) sales tax would impact taxable items at tourist related retailers. We'll hear from Rhinelander's mayor on why he believes voters should pass the advisory question tonight on Newswatch 12.

- Plus, Downtown Phelps, admittedly, looks a bit run down. But the community has a plan to bring it back. Find out more on Newswatch 12 tonight.

We'll have the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.




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