Mercer voters approve PRAT


April 8, 2021

Tom LaVenture/Daily Globe Town of Mercer education officials, Mary Vaughn, right, and Wendy Schmidt, work behind a COVID-19 protective shield during the spring election Tuesday at the Mercer Community Center.

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...

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