Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Approving the regional sales tax to pay for Miller Park took multiple votes by the state Senate and ended up costing one lawmaker his political career after he switched his vote in the middle of the night back in 1995.
Putting an end to the sales tax in five Milwaukee-area counties has proven almost as tough.
Members of the board for the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District — the landlord for the Milwaukee Brewers' retractable roof dome stadium — voted unanimously in March to end the tax. The 0.1% sales tax had been in effect in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Racine counties.
But then something funny happened.
After the controversial tax was officially over, the Miller Park district received two payments for $4.3 million from the state Department of Revenue, which collected funds generated by the sales tax for the district.
This was not money the Miller Park district was expecting.
Nor does it know what to do with the unexpected windfall.
"The district doesn't want the money," said Mike Duckett, executive director of the Miller Park district.