This bill authorizes the city of Duluth to increase, by ordinance, its sales tax on food and
beverages from the current rate of one and one-half percent to two and one-quarter percent. The bill
also changes the reduction rate of the tax. This bill proposes to allow the city council to reduce the
rate by one-half percent rather than the current reduction of one-half percent when it determines that
the tax has raised revenue sufficient to pay the debt service on $8,000,000 principal of bonds issued
for capital improvements to the Duluth Entertainment Center, and $4,970,000 principal of bonds for
capital improvements to the Great Lakes Aquarium. This bill also adds a reduction of three-quarters
of one percent when the city council determines that revenue has been raised to pay debt service on
bonds in the principal amount of $37,931,000 issued for a new arena at the Duluth Entertainment
and Convention Center.
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