Duluth's Mayor Lobbies for Tourism Tax Reinstatement in City

Updated: 03/26/2014 11:09 PM
Created: 03/26/2014 11:07 PM
By: Zach Hammer

Duluth Mayor Don Ness was in St. Paul Wednesday lobbying a senate tax committee to allow the city to reinstate a half percent tourism tax.

The money would then be invested in revitalization projects in West Duluth, according to Ness.

"This is an area of town that hasn't got the sort of attention in the past,' he said after returning to Duluth. "Here's our chance to make a big investment and add vitality to the businesses in the area as well as the housing stock."

The tax would be applied to food and beverages purchased at bars and restaurants, as well as on stays at hotels and motels.

The state legislature has to allow the city the authority to leverage the tax that expired about a year and a half ago.

Ness says he is confident in the forward momentum of the proposal.

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