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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

 3:49 PM 

Barrett, Abele speak out on changes to Bucks deal

Ticket surcharges and removal of the county debt collection element of the Bucks deal have stirred mixed feelings in Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and County Exec Chris Abele.

Both said during the floor session recess they appreciate the Senate's taking up the package. But Barrett said if there is going to be a ticket surcharge added to the Bucks deal, it all should go to the Wisconsin Center District, which is bonding for the project, rather than 75 percent to the district and 25 percent to the state.

He said the district is the weakest fiscal link in the package.

"My concern is it goes to the place where it's most needed," Barrett said.

Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, has said his vote for the deal depends on the removal of Milwaukee County's financing element, in which the state would take over debt collection to produce the county's $4 million per year contribution. Larson has said he would not vote for the package with that financing because it forces the people who can least afford it to pay for the arena.

Larson said today he now supports the deal.

Abele, speaking during the floor recess, said if the county is forced to contribute money to the Bucks arena package, it would amount to a $4 million per year hole in the county budget's shared revenue for 20 years.

He said he does not understand the idea of protecting those who do not pay their taxes and fees at the expense of those who do.

"There's days that are frustrating," he said. "This is one of them."


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