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Group leader: Racine shouldn't be part of BMO Harris Bradley Center taxing district

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - The head of the Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce says Racine County should not be part of a taxing district to pay for a new multi-purpose arena. 

Tim Sheehy said he was only speaking for himself, and not for his group as a whole -- or for a proposed task force to study a possible new arena and other capital improvements. 

Sheehy told Racine County Executive Jim Ladwig, "I don't have designs on Racine County." He says it's not part of Milwaukee's official metropolitan area. 

Seventeen years ago, Racine County was included in a special five county taxing district that's still paying for the construction of the Brewers' Miller Park. Racine Senator George Petak cast the deciding vote back then, and voters recalled him.  

Earlier this year, the Racine County Board objected to being part of either a new taxing district -- or extending the current 0.1 percent Miller Park tax to either replace or refurbish the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  

Opponents say the area doesn't need tax funding for a new Milwaukee Bucks' arena.  

Bucks' owner Herb Kohl and others say that other sports and concerts use the Bradley Center a lot more than the Bucks do.