2018 Superior Days Just Around The Corner
Leaders and Residents Meet To Kick Off Legislative List
SUPERIOR, Wis- Superior leaders and residents are making a list, getting ready to head to the statehouse in a few months, to ask for legislative changes. In February, hundreds of people from 5 northwest Wisconsin counties will head down to Madison. There they will lobby for the top legislative issues deemed most important in northwest Wisconsin.
During last year’s superior days in Madison, nearly 150 delegates lobbied for three main issues. A .5 percent sales tax to go towards roads, a new sports complex in downtown Superior, and a complete reconstruction of the Douglas County 911 system. 6.7 million dollars of funding was approved for the new 911 system.
“Unfortunately at the last minute every local request for sales tax or local taxation was denied in the bi–annual budget. So we did find mixed success and we’ll take that moving forward,” said James Anderson, Superior Days Coordinator.
The .5% sales tax and Better Superior sports complex being left out of the state’s budget was a loss. But moving forward mayor Jim Paine says getting funding for those will only help the city.
“Both of those speak to asking the state of Wisconsin to allow us to improve ourselves. Superior and Douglas County are on the right track. We’re able to take care of ourselves; we just need the state to allow us to do so,” said Paine.
Other big issues discussed were “TIF districts” better known as, tax increment finance districts to support housing complexes, creating more treatment options for the opioid epidemic, and they want to get rid of tax on clothing, to match Minnesota’s law.