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Minocqua Board of Supervisors undecided on premiere area resort taxSubmitted: 12/05/2017
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
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Minocqua Board of Supervisors undecided on premiere area resort tax
MINOCQUA - On Tuesday night, the Minocqua Board of Supervisors learned a little more about premiere area resort taxes, or PRAT.

The board heard from members of the broadband and business development committee at a meeting tonight, all to discuss what PRAT is and how it could work in Minocqua.


Chairman of the Broadband and Business Development Committee Pete Otis, did most of the talking.

He explained to the board that the half percent tax added to tourism-related sales. That income would then be spent specifically on infrastructure improvements.

Minocqua Town Chairman Mark Hartzheim says there is still a long way to go before the board would decide whether to hold a referendum on PRAT.

"There's a lot to do yet as far as gathering information and giving the public and merchants and business people and people who visit here an opportunity to weigh in," said Hartzheim. 

Hartzheim says more information is also needed on how the tax would be implemented.

For now, board members want to get more answers from the committee before moving forward.

"We're going to wait for the town board to get back to us with their questions and then we'll do whatever research we can to find the answers, and then if they decide that we're going to go forward with we'll, we volunteered as a committee to hold the meetings," said Otis. 

Otis suggested to the board that those meetings should take place throughout the summer while tourists are in town to ensure everyone who would be affected could be informed.

Otis also said if a referendum was held, it should take place during the November 2018 elections.



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