Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon throws support behind proposed Duluth tourism tax

By KBJR News 1

May 6, 2014 Updated May 6, 2014 at 11:53 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A St. Paul heavy hitter made a special visit to a Tax Conference Committee Tuesday morning to help her hometown.

Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon spoke in support of a proposed half percent tourism sales tax for Duluth.

The tax which would be applied to food, beverages and lodging would benefit development in West Duluth.

"Duluth would put this to go use," Lt. Gov. Prettner Solon told the committee considering the Supplemental Tax Bill.

It's the same tax once used to help build the Amsoil Arena and the Great Lakes Aquarium.

"We've paid off these bonds very early, we've been good stewards of the money you allowed us to collect on food and beverage, and the inns and hotels."

Duluth Mayor Don Ness also spent the day at the Capitol trying to sway Senate lawmakers to offer more funding for several key projects including NorShor Theatre, Spirit Mountain and Wade Stadium.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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