ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Rochester City Council took on Mayo Clinic's 'Destination Medical Center' at last night's meeting, and a plan for the DMC to become a corporate entity has been approved.
It was done to ensure it would receive funding from the state. Also, under state law, meetings are then subject to the open meetings law for public input or attendance.
Last night's city council meeting had viewpoints from both sides of the aisle as the meeting was subject to public input as well.
Before the DMC approval received the thumbs up, several citizens spoke out.
The council also approved a plan to put the lodging tax increase on hold. That increase would have helped fund renovations at the Mayo Civic Center, but that plan fell short of approval during this last legislative session.
As for 2014, the city has agreed to stick with paying half of the cost of an expansion.
Also last night, the council discussed the disbursement of $5 million dollars from Rochester sales tax to 17 surrounding cities.
The money will be distributed to the cities, and will be used for economic development.
Here are a few of the cities and the amount of money they will receive:
Chatfield will get almost $300,000 dollars.
Dodge Center will receive just over $285,000 dollars .
Spring Valley will get a little more than $265,000 dollars.
Dover will receive more than $78,000 dollars.
Kasson will get a little bit more than $635,000 dollars.
Stewartville will receive nearly $400,000 dollars.
Byron will get more than $525,000 dollars.
St. Charles will receive just under $400,000.
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