The sales tax imposed in 1996 in the Milwaukee region to cover the public share of the Milwaukee Brewers’ ballpark may no longer be needed as soon as 2017, according to a new report.

The Miller Park stadium district’s consultant, Public Financial Management, annually offers a forecast for when the tax could be allowed to expire based on projected collections needed to pay off the stadium bonds and cover operating maintenance through 2030.

The latest report marks the third consecutive year that 2017 has been projected as a sunset date for the 0.1% sales tax imposed in five regional counties. Last year, $426 million was collected from the tax, up nearly 8% over the previous year. The ballpark opened in 2001.

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