The idea of a summer sales tax holiday sounds good to shoppers, but business leaders in the Wisconsin Dells say they need every dollar they can get.
The Wisconsin Assembly last week approved a plan to waive the state and local sales tax at restaurants, bars, movie theaters, amusement parks, and arcades from June until August this year. Wisconsin Dells Visitors and Convention Bureau COO Romy Snyder says that’s good news for the people coming to the Dells, but it’s bad news for local governments. Snyder says the Dells swell with people each summer, and local governments need the money those tourists generate to help keep the city clean and safe.
The state figures Wisconsin will lose 159-million from the sales tax holiday. Cities and counties could lose another 13-million.