Duluth council considers large cash influx to support tourism in West Duluth

By KBJR News 1

Duluth council considers large cash influx to support tourism in West Duluth

July 14, 2014 Updated Jul 14, 2014 at 6:04 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Duluth city council is considering a huge influx of cash to support expanded tourism in West Duluth.

Councilors will vote on dedicating up to $18-million from the half percent tourism tax.

The improvements that would be made would support Mayor Don Ness's vision of revitalizing the Saint Louis River Corridor.

The council will go through a first read of the ordinance at the city council meeting Monday night.

Duluth city councilor Sharla Gardner says major improvements need to be made to parts of the community including work on Wade Stadium and Spirit Mountain.

"It's part of our city that has not had a good facelift, and has not had, has not had a lot of attention from the entire city, and they need the support of the city in order for them to succeed," said Gardner.

The half percent tourism tax was authorized by the State Legislature in 2014 for purposes like this.

The Duluth city council expects to have a committee of the whole meeting in coming weeks to talk about West Duluth community improvements as a whole.

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