MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - As the talk continues about a new indoor arena for Milwaukee, the city will help keep the present arena in shape.
The Common Council voted 10-5 Friday to include $175,000 in next year's city budget to help maintain the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Mayor Tom Barrett included the money in his proposed 2014 budget, but the city's finance panel took it out.
Supporters said the maintenance funds are an investment for Milwaukee.
Opponents joined other critics in saying that tax money should not spent on sports. They also said other institutions would approach the city with their hands out -- including Milwaukee Public Museum and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
Critics of a new arena say taxpayers should not provide a playground for the Milwaukee Bucks -- but supporters say the arena is also the home of Marquette basketball, Admirals' hockey, concerts, and a host of other events.