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Lawmakers Looking to Revamp Rochester City Sales Tax Fund

Posted at: 04/11/2013 5:43 PM
Updated at: 04/11/2013 6:47 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Proposals that would send part of the Rochester City Sales Tax fund in other directions has some upset.

One of the proposals, by State Representative Steve Drazkowski, suggests that more communities should receive a piece of the pie. Right now, 17 cities are benefiting from a portion of the sales tax fund.

The other proposal, by Representative Tina Liebling, suggests the sales tax be used to fund Mayo Clinic's Destination Medical Center proposal instead of being distributed to those cities.

Jerry Williams, the chair of the Rochester City Sales Tax Committee, says citizens did not vote in November to continue the tax for those reasons.

"Rochester voters stood up by 65% of approval and said yes we are willing to do that and now elected officials want to come along and disrupt that process and take it back," says Williams, "In my opinion our integrity has to count for something."

The funds given to communities outside of Rochester are supposed to only be used for economic development in those communities.