To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Sara and I am a journalist student at UMD. I have a few questions that I would like someone from the city of Duluth to answer if at all possible:
1) What is the probability that the DECC expansion will get through the state legislature this time? Is it even worth the time and effort?
2) How much higher will the Duluth sales tax increase if the DECC expansion was a definite go?
3) Does the hockey team care that the DECC is getting expanded?
From what I have gathered, Dan Russell, who is the executive director of the DECC said that this year because of the 6.2% inflation increase that Duluth is asking an estimated $33.7 million.
Okay, so then what? Duluth is just supposed to sit back? What do WE have to offer? Oh yah, an increase in a sales tax I would presume. I think many Duluthians will be THRILLED with that idea!
Now I have a better idea; its old fashion but it make me feel a lot better about myself: let's do some fundraising! What's wrong with that?
Even better; why don't the hockey teams raise money! I mean after all, UMD hockey is a big thing right now, especially since our women’s hockey team is amazing.
I guess I have more than three questions. But let’s be honest, the DECC expansion would create more job and recreational opportunities for Duluth and its citizens. The big question is how many more people would it take to get the DECC expansion up and running?
I guess I will do what I do best, sit back and watch everything unravel...
A Duluthian who just so happens to be a UMD student and curious about the city’s future,