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Duluth 50-50 Sales Tax Included in Senate Tax Bill; Vote Could Come Thursday

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The Senate Chamber of the Minnesota State Capitol. By Chris Gaukel (www.flickr.com) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Senate Chamber of the Minnesota State Capitol. By Chris Gaukel (www.flickr.com) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Duluth, MN (KDAL) - Supporters of an effort to reinstate the Duluth food and beverage sales tax could learn later this week whether the measure will pass from the state senate.  Mayor Don Ness is pushing to bring the tax back to fund projects in West Duluth.  State Senator Roger Reinert introduced the 50-50 Sales Tax, which was included in the senate’s second omnibus tax bill. 

The Duluth lawmaker says the tax will “…provide the local match to key bonding investments in the western part of our city.  By promoting our city’s natural assets, we give visitors more reasons to visit, and more reasons to spend money in our community.”

Senator Reinert’s effort to include the workforce housing tax increment financing pilot in the Senate tax bill fell short.  The idea behind the project was to spur housing development in Duluth.  However an amendment including the Housing TIF failed on a voice vote during a Tax Committee hearing.  The omnibus tax bill totals close to $101-million for 2014 and 2015.  The Senate plans to vote on it this Thursday.

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