With all the hospital expansions and new buildings going up in Duluth, I hope the city of Duluth is not forgoing its 1½% local sales tax on the purchases of materials and equipment for the projects. After all, the revenue for the expansions comes directly or indirectly from all of us and from our health insurance companies.

If the total expansions meet spending goals of $900 million, it would mean a local sales tax bonus of more than $10 million in city tax revenues. We could do a lot of needed infrastructure and street maintenance with this windfall. It would be nice if the avenues and streets around Duluth would be in good repair and pothole-free for the visitors to the new hospitals. That would make the entire city look better.

Bryce Makela