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Duluth Mayor Calls for Reinstating Tourism Tax for Funding Future Projects

Updated: 06/03/2014 11:16 PM
Created: 06/03/2014 11:14 PM WDIO.com

With the bonding bill that passed the Minnesota Legislature this session, nearly $20 million is coming for Duluth projects. And Duluth Mayor Don Ness says reinstating a tourism tax will deliver even more money for future investments.

Projects include improvements to Wade Stadium, the NorShor Theatre, and a project to pump water from the St. Louis River to Spirit Mountain.

Mayor Ness explained Tuesday how reinstating a half-percent tourism tax to develop the St. Louis River Corridor will help pay for future projects. 

However, he says we need to be patient and stretch the money as far as possible over the 15-year period.  

"I think the danger would to be to kind of rush into this and say we need to have all 18 million dollars worth of projects identified on day one but really miss some opportunities to leverage those dollars," Ness said.

Ness wants to turn that into $30 million in funding through private fundraising, leveraging other dollars, grant money, and volunteer efforts.

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