Council Rejects Measure to Pay Down Duluth's Debt

By KBJR News 1

September 9, 2013 Updated Sep 9, 2013 at 10:56 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- A plan to help pay down Duluth's debt was shot down by the city council last night.

The proposal would have tapped into the Community Interest Trust Fund.

That fund was created with casino payments from the Fond du Lac Tribe earmarked for street improvements.

The council needed 7 votes on each of two measures.

Councilor Jim Stauber has been against the measure from the beginning and says there are other ways to pay off the debt.

"We received close to $2 million from the state that would more than pay for this. We could make efficient cuts from this. We could not bond for the new trails that are being put in for the cost of $1.7 million that could pay for this," said Stauber.

Mayor Don Ness proposed to take funding from the Community Investment Trust fund saying that money is meant to be used on road improvements.

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