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Poll: 73% of Wisconsinites opposed to public money for new Bucks arena

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Almost three of every four Wisconsinites are against spending state tax dollars on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

That's according to a new poll from UW-Milwaukee. 73 percent of almost 570 residents surveyed earlier this month opposed public funding. 24 percent favored it.

Among those in Metro Milwaukee, 63 percent opposed public funding for a new entertainment facility -- while 34 percent supported it.

The Bucks' new owners, Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, are putting up $100 million toward the new arena. Former Bucks' owner Herb Kohl put up the same.

That still leaves at least $200 million, which the Bucks owners hope to partially get from private investors. They said tax funds would still be needed, however.

Survey director Joseph Cera said he was not surprised by the large opposition, and he said it's "not good news for backers of a new Bucks' arena."

Kohl has noted that it's not just the Bucks that would use it. Marquette men's basketball would also play there, as well as concerts and various other events.

Tim Sheehy of the Milwaukee Metro Association of Commerce is among those looking for regional funding. Without it, he said "falling behind will be a reality."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)