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Residents who wish to offer a Duluth property for rent as a vacation getaway soon could be out of luck unless they have already received the city's approval to do so. If the Duluth City Council approves five more interim use permits for vacation rental properties on Monday night, as expected, it will trigger a freeze. But the duration of that freeze remains uncertain, as at least one councilor aims to propose a higher cap.
A key new link now under consideration could unify and expand Duluth's skywalk system. A resolution headed to the Duluth Economic Development Authority Wednesday would authorize the conceptual design of a new segment of skywalk stretching eastward from the Technology Village building, through the 100 block of East Superior Street — including Fond Du-Luth Casino — and then across Second Avenue East to the Temple Opera building and the adjoining NorShor Theatre.
By proposing to fund street improvements with a sales tax instead of property taxes, Duluth Mayor Emily Larson said she hopes to spread the financial burden of fixing the city's crumbling road network. The half-percent sales tax she hopes to enact would raise an estimated $7 million per year from residents, visitors and others who transact business in Duluth, with the proceeds all earmarked exclusively for streetwork.
The cost of tap water in Duluth appears poised to climb substantially, despite some grumbling both from within the city and from neighboring communities it serves. On Tuesday night, the Duluth Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 to direct city staff to schedule a public hearing and bring forward a resolution that would raise water rates by 4.7 percent annually for each of the next six years. That hearing on the proposed water rate hikes will take place at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, with a vote on the matter expected to follow the same night.
Duluth voters will get to weigh in on a proposal to increase the local sales taxes by half a percent to support road improvements. By a 7-1 vote Monday night, the Duluth City Council passed a resolution authorizing a citywide referendum to be placed on local ballots during the November general election.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson knew she had to make some tough decisions heading into next year, with the city facing a $3.2 million budget deficit and residents crying out for better streets. On Monday night, she delivered to the Duluth City Council a budget proposal that would increase the levy by 4 percent, trim 20 positions from the city's workforce and boost funding for local street improvements by $1 million. For the owner of an average-priced $160,000 home, the proposed levy would increase the tax burden by $21 in 2018.
On Monday, the Duluth City Council will decide whether to fund the first phase of what could eventually be a 7-mile mountain bike loop fortified with compacted limestone to prevent erosion.
The two people who drowned in Lake Superior offshore from Park Point in Duluth on Thursday were remembered Friday as a "vivacious" girl and her devoted father. Lillian Elizabeth Fuglie, 10, of Hudson, Wis., and her 38-year-old father, Ryan Paul Fuglie of Osceola, Wis., were unable to be resuscitated after being pulled from the lake after a lengthy search in challenging conditions on Thursday evening; they had been reported missing by Lillian's 12-year-old sister. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office publicly identified the victims on Friday.
Mayor Emily Larson attended a Thursday night meeting of the Duluth City Council to field questions about her proposal to increase the local sales tax by a half-percent, with the proceeds to be dedicated for street improvements. Councilors are expected to vote Monday on a resolution to authorize a November referendum question that asks local voters whether they support bumping up Duluth's sales tax in order to fix the city's deteriorating streets.
Duluth Mayor Emily Larson launched a campaign Tuesday to sell her city’s residents on a plan that would boost the local sales tax by an additional half-percent in order to fix her city’s deteriorating street system. She has asked the Duluth City Council to put the proposal to a citywide referendum vote in November.