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Manitowoc County Board votes against sales tax increase

MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - A proposed half-percent increase in Manitowoc County's sales tax has been voted down by the full board Tuesday night.

The plan would've raised the tax from 5% to 5.5%.

County Board Supervisor Todd Holschbach proposed the increase, arguing it would cover $4.8 million in backlogged maintenance and road repairs.

The proposal failed 23 - 2.

Some County Board members said while they oppose a higher tax, they believe the money generated from it would have been beneficial in the community. They believe maintenance and road repairs are items that should be considered in upcoming budgets.

“We have 11 deficient bridges and we’ve kicked spouses off the family health care plan. So we have big fiscal challenges,” said Holschbach.

But County Executive Bob Ziegelbauer claims the county has enough in its budget to cover the repairs. He says the motive lies in the employee health care costs.

$1 million of new tax revenue would have gone to that fund.