House to Hear Local Sales Tax Bills on March 9

February 28, 2022

Fourteen cities and two counties expect to have bills introduced for committee consideration.

The House Property Tax Division will hear local sales tax bills at an extended hearing on March 9 at 1 p.m. The hearing will be conducted remotely, and city officials should work with their legislators to coordinate testimony.

The Senate Taxes Committee has not yet announced a hearing date. It will likely hear bills as they are introduced in the coming weeks.

Local government proposals

A total of 14 cities and two counties have submitted requests. Proposals without bill introductions will not be heard. The local government proposals are:

  • Aitkin (1% for 20 years): No bills introduced yet. Public safety and city building improvements ($8.3 million); wastewater system improvements ($700,000); recreation and trail improvements ($1 million).
  • Blackduck (0.5% for 20 years): HF 3703/SF 3453. Campground improvements ($200,000); walking trail improvements ($300,000); wayside rest improvements ($250,000); golf course improvements ($150,000); library ($100,000).
  • Bloomington (0.5% for 20 years): HF 3606/SF 3393. Bloomington Ice Garden renovation ($32 million); health and wellness center ($70 million); center for the arts/concert hall ($33 million); Dwan Golf Course improvements ($15 million).
  • Brooklyn Center (0.5% for 20 years): HF 3760/SF 3203. Brooklyn Center Community Center ($55 million); Regional Year-Round Adventure Park facility ($80 million).
  • East Grand Forks (1.25% for 20 years): HF 3763/SF 3474. Civic Center Sports Complex upgrades ($23.3 million); improvements to VFW Memorial and Blue Line Arena ($13.8 million).
  • Edina (0.5% for 19 years): HF 2702/SF 2901. Revision to last year’s authority; Braemar Park improvements ($21.6 million to $53.3 million); no change in rate or duration.
  • Golden Valley (0.5% for 30 years): HF 3473/ No SF yet. New fire station ($17 million); new public works facility ($56.3 million); new public safety facility ($61.5 million).
  • Grand Rapids (0.5% for 12 years): HF 3107/ No SF yet. Revision to last year’s authority; Grand Rapids IRA Civic Center improvements ($5.98 million to $10.6 million); duration extension from seven years to 12 years.
  • Henderson (0.5% for 15 years): HF 3443/SF 3125. Allanson’s Park Campground and Trail project ($240,000).
  • Marshall (0.5% for 30 years): No HF yet/SF 3471. Extension of existing tax; Municipal Aquatic Center ($16 million).
  • Park Rapids (0.5% for 20 years): No HF yet/SF 3462. Five road improvement projects ($8.8 million).
  • Proctor (0.5% for 20 years): HF 3716/No SF yet. Regional trail in the city ($3.85 million).
  • Rochester (0.5% for 16.4 years): No bills introduced yet. Housing vitality ($50 million); street reconstruction ($50 million); flood control ($40 million); regional community and recreation complex ($65 million).
  • Roseville (0.5% for 16 years): HF 3194/No SF yet. New maintenance facility ($42 million); new license and passport center ($7 million); pedestrian bridge over Hwy 36 ($16 million); total collected with debt costs ($86.4 million).
  • Winona County (.25% for 25 years): HF 2923/SF 2833. New correctional facility ($28 million).
  • Rice County (.375% for 30 years): HF 3748/No SF yet. Public safety facility ($77 million).

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