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Because the city council can’t say no to increased spending, it has to outstrip inflation, growth, and revenue.
The city is always looking for new sources of revenue. Although it will be difficult for the City of Lake Geneva to get, the Premier Resort Area Tax (PRAT) is being considered. The Premier Resort Area Tax is not a tourist tax as it may be portrayed, it a city sales tax. It is a year-round sales tax to be collected from almost every store, shop or business that sells a product in the area.

The following list of stores, shop, and businesses subject to the PRAT is from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue:

  • Miscellaneous General Merchandise Stores
  • Candy, Nut, popcorn and Confectionary Stores
  • Dairy Products Stores
  • Retail Bakeries
  • Gasoline Service Stations
  • Eating Places
  • Drinking Places
  • Drug Stores and Proprietary Stores
  • Liquor Stores
  • Sporting Goods Stores and Bicycle Shops
  • Camera and Photographic Supply Stores
  • Gift, Novelty and Souvenir Shops
  • Hotels and Motels
  • Sporting and Recreational Camps
  • Recreational Vehicle Parks and Campsites
  • Racing, including Track Operation
  • Public Golf Courses
  • Coin-operated Amusement Devices
  • Amusement Parks
  • Amusement and Recreational Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
  • Department Stores
  • Miscellaneous Food Stores
  • Men’s and Boy’s Clothing and Accessory Stores
  • Women’s Clothing Stores; Children’s and Infants’ Wear Stores
  • Family Clothing Stores
  • Shoe Stores
  • Miscellaneous Apparel and Accessory Stores; Bookstores
  • Stationery Stores
  • Jewelry Stores
  • Hobby, Toy, and Game Shops
  • Luggage and Leather Goods Stores
  • Sewing, Needlework, and Piece Goods Stores
  • Florists; Tobacco Stores and Stands
  • Miscellaneous Retail Stores
  • Theatrical Producers (except motion pictures) and Miscellaneous Theatrical Services
  • Bands, Orchestras, Actors, and other Entertainers and Entertainment Groups
  • Physical Fitness Facilities
  • Membership Sports and Recreation Clubs. Note: Escort Services, Tattooing, Massage Parlors and sales/renting of vacation homes are not on the list.

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Business of the Week

Great Egg Restaurant Lake Geneva

Great Egg is the neatest little restaurant, located at 220 Cook Street in downtown Lake Geneva. It’s a charming place for breakfast or lunch, and the egg ‘wraps’ are wonderful. They are open from eight to two Monday through Friday and eight to three on Saturday and Sunday.

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