The future of Door County's half-cent sales tax could soon be determined by the outcome of a taxpayer group's challenge in Brown County Circuit Court. A lawsuit filed by the Brown County Taxpayers Alliance claimed that sales tax revenues should go for direct property tax relief instead of using the money to pay for capital improvement projects. Door County Administrator Ken Pabich says county leaders are awaiting the outcome of the case. Pabich says Door County considers sales tax revenues at budget time and they provide indirect property tax relief.
Testimony in the Brown County case was heard over a 20-month period. Circuit Court Judge John Zakowski says he expects to decide this case soon, although he's not said exactly when that could happen.