Kewaunee County’s status as one of the only Wisconsin counties without a local sales tax ends after midnight Friday.

A measure establishing a 0.5 percent sales tax was included when the County Board passed the 2017 county budget, effective April 1. The vote means that a $10 purchase plus state and local taxes will increase from $10.50 to $10.55.

The state revenue department estimated the tax could generate $1.2 million a year for Kewaunee County. The budget estimates revenues of $750,000 for the nine months the tax will be in effect this year.

The $21.9 budget passed the board 18-0 in November with two supervisors absent. In addition to the $750,000 in local sales tax revenues, the budget imposes an $11.4 million property tax levy.

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