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Rochester city council supports Mayo Civic Center expansion

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- Rochester City Council says it is in full support of the proposed expansion of the Mayo Civic Center.

The council voted in favor of a resolution that puts plans back in motion. There had been concerns from the public over the city's position on the expansion, Monday night the council unanimously expressed support for the project.

The expansion will cost $75 million and half of that needs to come from local dollars, which means there could be a rise in local taxes.

The city council repealed the state legislature's original package that was adopted back in 2009: a one percent tax increase in lodging and a one percent tax on food and beverage.

It was authorized, but not implemented, because the city was hoping to receive state bonding.

City council instead approved a proposal to go before the legislature with a three percent tax increase in lodging, bringing the total to seven  percent, and eliminate a food and beverage tax.

The 3 percent tax increase from lodging, would be the sole funding source for the expansion.

The city will also hire an outside analyst to evaluate the current management and operation of the Mayo Civic Center.

The expansion still needs $37.5 million from the state which some local legislators have expressed isn't at the top of their list for the upcoming session. Nothing has been finalized yet, but the proposed tax increase will be presented at the capitol for a vote, most likely in February.

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