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Bills to Watch: Nitrates, Room Tax, Lemonade Stands

SB-137

Grants for nitrate remediation in private wells

This bill would provide grants of up to $2,500 to offset costs related to remediating private wells that have been contaminated with nitrates. The grant funds may go toward well testing, installing an appropriate filtration system, replacing the well or replacing the water supply. The bill also provides $500,000 to counties that apply to participate as reimbursement for the costs to conduct the testing and complete the reporting requirements. The bill is in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy. Rep. Joel Kitchens is co-sponsoring the bill.

LRB-2151

Allowing kids to have lemonade stands

Under current law, minors are not allowed to operate lemonade and other types of stands without a permit, and any sales made are subject to sales tax. This bill would lift those burdens and allow kids to operate lemonade stands on private property without having to pay taxes on the first $2,000 of sales. The bill was circulating for co-sponsorship until April 4.

LRB-2153

Room-tax reporting requirements for lodging marketplaces

This bill, introduced by Rep. Joel Kitchens, addresses a concern of municipalities and the Door County Tourism Zone Commission about how lodging marketplaces such as Airbnb and VRBO collect room taxes. When the state mandated that these lodging marketplaces collect room taxes in the last state budget, companies such as Airbnb began remitting them based on zip code. Because zip codes in Door County rarely follow municipal lines, the money was not always being sent to the correct municipality. This bill attempts to ensure that municipalities are getting the correct amount of room-tax collections and that the money is not mistakenly going to other communities. This is a topic for Door/Kewaunee Legislative Days, taking place this week. The bill is circulating for co-sponsorship until April 15.