Skoe, who played a key role in passing the DMC bill in 2013, said he's reviewed the bill language and nowhere does it say the city of Rochester has to pay the tab for the privately-run EDA.
"We don't find it's the responsibility of the city to pay for EDA administrative costs, "Skoe said. "The city can, but I don't see a requirement."
Rochester City Council President Randy Staver has said that the city wants lawmakers to give it the authority to use a quarter-percent sales tax increase authorized in the DMC bill to pay for the EDA administrative costs. Staver is a Mayo Clinic employee.
Over the next five years, the DMC EDA's administrative costs are estimated to be $14.6 million. Destination Medical Center Corporation said in an official statement it believes those costs are the responsibility of the city.
But Skoe disputes that, adding "the city has the ability to push back."
Rochester DFL Reps. Kim Norton and Tina Liebling agree with Skoe that the city is not responsible for all of the EDA administrative costs. Rochester City Council member Michael Wojcik has said he opposes city tax dollars going to a privately-run organization and will seek to prevent it.