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Thursday, March 19, 2009

SALES TAX AMENDMENT MONEY COMING OUR WAY?

Recently the Lessard Heritage Council released a recommended list of projects to be funded using the 3/8ths of one percent sales tax money which was approved by Minnesota taxpayers in November. This is new money and the tax will be implemented starting July 1. The Lesssard Council is a structure set up in the language of the amendment to make recommendations regarding the use of the 33% of the money designated to go to wildlife. The list of 19 projects or uses must be approved by the legislature. At least one member of the legislature is not happy with parts of the list. Rep. Rick Hansen of St. Paul has indicated that too much emphasis is being placed on acquisition and not enough on restoration. An article in the Star/Tribune on Wednesday showed one of the projects in Nicollet County. I have not been able to pinpoint the exact use of the money, but a good guess would be the Swan Lake Restoration Project. end

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