Ephraim Will Hold Referendum on PRAT in April

Residents in the Village of Ephraim will vote on a referendum about whether to adopt a Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT) during the spring election on April 6. The referendum was originally scheduled for a Feb. 16 vote, but the village did not complete the required notice to the Door County clerk within 70 days of the election, which pushed the referendum to April. 

The PRAT – a 0.5 percent increase in the sales tax on most goods purchased within the village – is expected to generate approximately $165,000 in revenue for the village. 

Given the delay in the referendum date, Village Administrator Brent Bristol said he believed the earliest the tax would take effect, if approved, would be Oct. 1. Under state law, the Village of Ephraim and the Village of Sister Bay are the only Door County municipalities that are allowed to institute a PRAT. Sister Bay approved a PRAT that became effective in 2018.

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