Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

Mercer voters approve PRAT

MERCER, Wis. - Mercer voters approved a half-cent consumer tax to help pay for roads and infrastructure costs in Tuesday's spring election.

The voter approved the Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT) with 278 votes (59.7%) for the proposal and 187 votes against. This contrasted the previous PRAT attempt in the 2019 spring election when the proposal lost 507-264.

Mercer is eligible to utilize PRAT as a municipality with at least 40% of its equalized assessed property value in use by tourism-related retailers.

The PRAT is a consumer tax that allows seasonal visitors and part-year residents to share th...

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