The Spirit Mountain Recreation Area will be able to meet its payroll in coming weeks, thanks to an additional infusion of financial support approved by the Duluth City Council Monday night.

By a 7-1 vote, with 1st District Councilor Jennifer Julsrud dissenting, the body authorized the distribution of $300,000 in tourism taxes to the struggling ski hill.

Stronger than anticipated tourism tax collections in Duluth were running $375,000 above expectations through June of this year.

The aid comes on top of a $1.2 million line of credit that the city already had extended to keep Spirit Mountain afloat.

Council President Emily Larson said the choice to offer additional support to Spirit Mountain was not difficult for her.

"We want to support the success of Spirit Mountain, because it is an important community asset," she said.