Lawmakers push for West Duluth tourism tax

By KBJR News 1

Lawmakers push for West Duluth tourism tax

March 3, 2014 Updated Mar 3, 2014 at 4:50 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A big portion of the Mayor's State of the City address focuses on improving tourism in West Duluth.

One of the major ways to do just that is through a new sales tax proposed for the renewed vision of the St. Louis River corridor.

State legislation introduced by Northland lawmakers, calls for an additional sales tax of up to one-half of one percent.

That money would be used to create more trails and parks to improve upon what West Duluth already has to offer.

"We already have some trails that go along the river, we already have great amenities like Lake Superior Zoo, Spirit Mountain and the camp ground, we want to build upon those and make them better," Daniel Fanning, the city's communications director said.

Fanning said the city should be known as not just a "lake city" but a "lake and river city."

A similar tourism tax once was dedicated to Canal Park and helped pay for the DECC and The Great Lakes Aquarium.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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