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Miller Park sales tax revenues down 7 percent

It's another sign that we're spending less.

The special sales tax that built Milwaukee's baseball stadium brought in 7 percent less in the first five months of the year that at the same time in 2008.

And it's only the second time since 1996 that the year-to-year comparisons were down.

The 0.1 percent sales tax is collected in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington and Racine counties.

It brought in $14 million from January-May, about $1 million less than projected.

The new figures were based on what the Miller Park Stadium District received this month from the state Revenue Department, which distributes all the money for county and district sales taxes.

The stadium tax is supposed to end once all the debt for the ballpark is paid off. It was originally supposed to be in 2014, but officials say the recession will drag that out.

Director Mike Duckett says there's still $284 million in debt to be paid off

for the Milwaukee ballpark.