The League has worked with legislative staff and the Minnesota Department of Revenue to draft a model resolution.
(Published Jan 6, 2020)
If your city is considering a local sales tax during the 2020 legislative session, keep in mind the statutory process was changed in the 2019 omnibus tax bill.
The League has worked with the legislative staff and the Minnesota Department of Revenue to develop a template resolution that fulfills the requirements of the new law.
One of the most significant changes is a requirement that local governments must receive legislative authorization before conducting a referendum at a general election.
Under the new process, cities must submit specific information related to their request to the chairs of the House and Senate Taxes committees as well as the minority party committee leads by Jan. 31 of the year in which the city is seeking legislation authorizing the tax. Cities will also need to work with their legislators to have bills drafted and introduced.
The information submitted to the tax committee chairs must include a council-adopted resolution proposing the tax and stating:
Read more about the new process in a previous Cities Bulletin article.
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