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City steps toward new sales tax

As one sales tax nears its halfway point, the city of Cloquet is banking on residents approving a new one in November 2022 that would pay for improvements to the hockey arenas and Pine Valley park.

It’s been almost nine years since the city’s first sales tax was passed, with 63 percent of voters approving the half-cent tax. Collection of monies for that sales tax will sunset after raising either $16.5 million or 30 years, whichever comes first.

Finance director Nancy Klassen said Tuesday the city collected $1.1 million from sales tax funds in 2020, for a total of $7.56 million since it began....