In a bipartisan vote Thursday evening, the County’s Finance and Administration committee voted down an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) for the Kenosha Casino. Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman was convinced by Mayor John Antaramian to negotiate the terms of the agreement in secret and ask the County Board to vote for the document within days of first seeing it.
County Executive Kerkman was unable to answer basic questions about the agreement and at one point, left the room to make a phone call. She later returned, waving her hands to speak. Some of the committee members seemed to take exception to the lack of transparency and public input by Kerkman and voted it down. KCE asked Kerkman what the rush was and why she didn’t want the public to be privy of the details. She refused comment.
Kerkman seemed very upset and nervous after the vote failed and immediately left the committee room. Voting in favor were board members Dave Geersten, John Poole, and Erin Decker. Voting against were board members Terry Rose, Tim Stocker, John Franco, and Bill Grady.
The County Board will be voting on final approval or denial of the IGA on Tuesday.