As a citizen of Stewartville since 1970 and a former Rochester business owner, I support the Nov. 6 vote to extend the half-percent local-option sales tax. It is a benefit to us who live, work and shop in southeast Minnesota.
The list of past and existing benefits is long. The Rochester flood-control project, the original purpose of the sales tax after the devastation of the 1970 flood, benefits the region. The Rochester Public Library is used by patrons from throughout the region, including visitors to our area. The Mayo Civic Center and the city-county government center are used by multitudes. Students from surrounding communities attend Rochester Community and Technical College and the University of Minnesota Rochester. The roads we drive on are better because of the sales tax ...
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