Brewers can use public aid for rough improvements

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Brewers are expected to complete a report assessing American Family Field’s long-term needs by early summerGETTY PICTURES

Brewers have “taken a public first step” toward what will likely be an effort to “seek a new round of public assistance” to pay for future upgrades to American Family Field, according to a front-page story by MILWAUKEE’s Tom Daykin. . SENTINEL JOURNAL. Brewers President of Business Operations Rick Schlesinger told the Stadium District Board of Directors at its Jan. 31 meeting of his concerns about a “possible lack of funding” if long-term improvement costs estimated “exceeded the stadium district’s $87 million reserve fund”. A shortfall “would create a problem” for the district. Its lease to Brewers, which “runs through at least 2030 and could be extended by the club until 2040”, requires the agency to pay for improvements, including those necessary to keep American Family Field “up to the evolving standards” of other MLB stadiums. Fans will “know more” at the start of the summer. This is when a report assessing the stadium’s long-term needs must “be completed” by the Brewers. members, the club is “not seeking to recoup the 0.1% stadium sales tax”, which has collected over its lifetime $605 million, or about $342 per person in Milwaukee, Waukesha counties , Ozaukee, Washington and Racine. a shortfall could “lead to a creative solution” that involves many stakeholders. ‘” He did not elaborate, and club officials “decline further comment”. A possible new round of public aid has been “in the works” for at least three years – before the “end of sales tax” (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL JOURNAL, 2/14).

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