Duluth Mayor pitches sales tax proposal at the Capitol

By KBJR News 1

March 26, 2014 Updated Mar 26, 2014 at 7:58 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A pitch for a sales tax benefiting West Duluth headed to the Capitol Wednesday.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness told a Senate Tax Committee the funds would be used to help improve tourism in that part of the city.

He's looking at giving a facelift to Wade Stadium and create trails and parks.

The proposal calls for an additional sales tax of up to one-half percent on food, beverages and lodging.

The Mayor says the timing of implementing the tax is critical.

"We want to make these capital investments in this area at the same time as Highway 23 improvements are being made rather than having two years of highway construction followed by another year or two of investments in these amenities and by then I think we'll have lost a lot of momentum," Mayor Ness told the committee.

The committee laid over the bill for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.

If OK'ed by the full legislature, the Mayor would still need a thumbs up from the City Council.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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