County Board Supervisors,

This may be of interest to you.

When Brown County was considering to implement the local optional sales tax they hired a consultant,
AECOM, to put together a report on the plan for enacting the Sales Tax in Brown County.

(AECOM is an American multinational engineering firm that provides design, consulting, construction, and management services to a wide range of clients. AECOM has approximately 87,500 employees, and is number 156 on the 2016 Fortune 500 list.)

I've provided a link to their report here:

AECOM Brown County Expo Center report

On pages 82 and 83 the consultant estimates how much money would be contributed by people from other counties. They estimated 11% would be contributed by people from other counties.

This is a far cry from the estimates we have heard in Manitowoc County of 20%, 25%, or more, being contributed by non county residents.

Additionally, consider that Brown County is a popular tourism county with the Packers, Lambeau Field and other draws, and a major regional shopping area.

I believe that if Manitowoc County had the optional county sales tax, the take from non residents will be much lower than in Brown County's case.

A conclusion that can easily be made is that far less money will be drawn from non county residents than 11% projected for Brown County.

This bit of information should be added to the discussion of the sales tax in the future.

Call on me anytime I can be of assistance to you.


Bob Ziegelbauer
Manitowoc County Executive