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Public hearing next month on Bucks arena financing plan

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A public hearing will be held next month on a plan for the city of Milwaukee to spend $47 million as part of the $250 million public financing package for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

Mayor Tom Barrett tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the city plan won't be implemented without the Legislature's approval of the state's larger share of that public financing package for the $500 million arena. Bipartisan opposition has stalled that state proposal.

But he said it's important for the city proposal to undergo public review. The first hearing is July 2.

Under the plan, the city would spend $35 million to develop a parking structure downtown and $12 million for public improvements near the arena, including a plaza space.

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