Sven’s February 3, 2018 Column

Hello!!!

As you may have heard, a Referendum will be conducted here in the Village on February 20th regarding implementation of the Premier Resort Area Tax. The Village provides a variety of services and facilities for the public to enjoy. Other than the Marina and Water and Sewer Utility, facilities and services like the parks, our fabulous beach, the Library, streets and sidewalks, recreational programming, public safety, and fire protection are currently funded by the property tax levy, and, therefore, are solely paid for by Village residents and taxpayers.

There are Several Reasons to Support the Premier Resort Area Tax:

  • The PRAT creates a mechanism to provide additional funds for facilities needs and street and storm sewer repairs by collecting tax dollars from tourists and individuals who reside outside the Village.
  • Other than by imposing higher property taxes or rates, the PRAT is the only option available to the Village to raise funds for the previously mentioned facilities needs and repairs.
  • The funds are restricted and can only be used to pay for infrastructure expenses. “Infrastructure expenses” could include street and storm sewer repairs, beach and park maintenance, upgrades to the Village Hall, repairs to the public boat launch, and the purchase of firefighting equipment.
  • The impact of the ½ cent sales tax would only cost you $50 if you spent $10,000 at tourism related stores and businesses in Sister Bay, but does NOT include stores like Ace Hardware, Lampert’s, the Piggly Wiggly, and gas stations.

I’d like to strongly encourage all Village residents and taxpayers to vote “YES” on the PRAT Referendum on February 20th!!! Just in case any of you have questions regarding this matter, further information will be presented at the February 13th Village Board Meeting, which will be conducted at the Fire Station on Mill Road at 6:00 P.M.

Renovation of the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center is moving along nicely!!! Blue Sky Contractors of Appleton has completed most of the demolition of the building which formerly housed Nicolet Bank, and photos of the progress which has been made on the remodeling project to date have been posted on the Center’s Facebook page. While the Center is under construction Manager Lisa Tetzloff is working from an office on the NWTC Sturgeon Bay campus. She has been gathering information about community needs and interest, and is beginning to schedule classes and other programs. For further information regarding the Center please contact Lisa at 920-746-4936 or send her an e-mail at lisa.tetzloff@nwtc.edu .   

“Olympic Winter Sports” will be the theme at the Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Library’s next storytime, which will be conducted at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, February 3rd. Everybody is also invited to two very unique events which will be going on at the Library on Tuesday, February 6th. The next “Door County Reads” event, the showing of the documentary film entitled “Being Hmong Means Being Free”, will take place at 1:15 P.M., and discussion will follow. Then from 5:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M., my friend, Bill Surbaugh, will be presenting a Turkey travelogue and exhibit.  Bill did a wide array of traveling throughout Turkey as a Peace Corps volunteer, and has been back there eight times. He’s a very good speaker.

The Utilities Committees will be meeting at 7:30 A.M. on Tuesday, February 6th, the Personnel Committee will be meeting at 8:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 7th, and the Marina Fest Committee will be meeting at 6:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 8th. The Utilities Committee will be meeting at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the other meetings will be conducted at the Fire Station on Mill Road. If you would like to receive copies of Agendas for any upcoming Village meetings please contact the employees in the Village Office. 

Well, I guess that’s all for this week. If you know of any special events which will be occurring in the Village, or would like to have me publicize birthdays or anniversaries of folks who live or work here, please provide that information to my friends in the Village Office at least one week in advance of the special day(s).

Have a great week!!!!

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