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ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – Two years after Minnesotans approved a three-eighths-cent sales tax to preserve their lakes, parks and cultural heritage, the public still can’t easily track where the money from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment is going.

Now the St. Cloud Times reports that state officials are building a web site to serve as a central online resource for taxpayers to look up Legacy projects. It is expected to go live next month.

Lawmakers have allocated $400 million for projects in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. Officials with the Legislative Coordinating Commission, which is building the site, say it will be missing information on many Legacy projects, at least at first.

They say the problem is the number of agencies administering the projects. There are 17 of them.

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