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Growing a Greater Mankato
|TOP THINGS TO KNOW|
|WHY IS THIS REFERNDUM BEING CALLED?|
|The current 0.5 percent sales tax is set to expire in both Mankato and North Mankato in the next few years. To extend the tax, voters in each city must approve of the extension in a referendum. Extending the 0.5 percent sales tax will provide a stable source of revenue other than the property tax to pay for critical infrastructure needs and recreation amenities that will support the vitality of our community for current residents and increase its attractiveness to new families, businesses and visitors. Additionally, having this funding source available will also allow each city to attract other matching funds from federal, state and private sources to support the proposed projects – allowing taxpayers to get more bang for their buck.|
|WHAT IS BEING ASKED OF VOTERS?|
|Voters in Mankato and North Mankato will be asked on their general election ballot this November 8th to either approve or disapprove the extension of the existing 0.5 percent sales tax that is currently assessed on purchases made within the cities of Mankato and North Mankato. If approved, the 0.5 percent sales tax would continue to be collected until 2038.|
|WHAT IS THE 0.5 PERCENT SALES TAX?|
|Since 1991 for the City of Mankato and 2008 for the City of North Mankato, each city has assessed a 0.5 percent sales tax on top of the regular state sales tax of 6.875%. Both taxes were approved by citizens.|
Mankato used the sales tax to construct and maintain the Verizon Wireless Civic Center, the Vetter Stone Amphitheater, and for capital improvements to the Mankato Regional Airport.
North Mankato used the sales tax to help pay for the County Road 41 interchange at Highway 14, new soccer fields at Caswell Park, park improvements, an expansion of the North Mankato Taylor Library and downtown redevelopment.
What will the funds raised by an extension of the 0.5 percent sales tax be used for?
The proposed sales tax extension referendum would allow the cities of Mankato and North Mankato to spend up to $62 million ($47 million for Mankato and $15 million for North Mankato) to be used for three primary purposes:
- Maintenance of critical regional infrastructure;
- Maintenance and enhancements to existing regional recreation facilities and parks; and
- Matching funds for construction of new indoor regional recreation facilities.
Click on the city below to see what each would be allowed to spend their sales tax dollars on.
Mankato ($47 million)
- Improvements to flood control and the levee system
- Water quality improvement projects in Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties
- Expansion of the regional transit building and related multimodal transit improvements
- Regional public safety and emergency communications improvements and equipment
- Construction and improvements to regional recreational facilities including existing hockey and curling rinks, a baseball park, youth athletic fields and facilities, the municipal swimming pool, and indoor regional athletic facilities
- Matching funds for improvements to publicly owned regional facilities including a historic museum, supportive housing, and a senior center.
- Maintenance and capital projects at the Verizon Wireless Civic Center and related downtown improvements
- Capital projects at the Mankato Regional Airport
North Mankato ($15 million)
- Development of regional parks & hiking and biking trails
- Existing & new recreational facilities
- Expansion of the North Mankato Taylor Library
- Riverfront redevelopment
- Lake improvement projects
What does the 0.5 percent sales tax cost me?
The Minnesota Department of Revenue estimates that a 0.5 percent sales tax costs the average household $81 dollars per year, or about $6.75 per month. On a $50 purchase, a 0.5 percent sales tax equals 25 cents.
How does the 0.5 percent sales tax compare to a property tax increase?
If the sales tax were not extended and property taxes were used instead to equal the total amount of money that is raised by the local sales tax in each city, it would require a property tax increase of 28 percent in Mankato and nine percent in North Mankato. Below are examples of what that property tax increase would mean for property owners.
- For an owner of a $165,000 house, that would mean a yearly increase of $149 in property taxes in Mankato and $119 in North Mankato.
- For an owner of a $250,000 house, that would mean a yearly increase of $260 in property taxes in Mankato and $196 in North Mankato.
- For a commercial/industrial property valued at $1 million that would mean a yearly increase of $1,047 in Mankato and $1,602 in North Mankato.
How will the referendum question be worded on the ballot?
The following language will appear on the ballot this November 8. Please note the question will be different depending on whether you live in Mankato or North Mankato.
Sales Tax Extension Referendum Question on November 8 Ballot:
Should the City of Mankato extend the existing one-half of one percent (0.5%) local option sales and use tax to the year 2038 to finance $47 million in construction and improvement of public safety emergency communications, flood control and levy system improvements, regional water quality, expansion of multi-modal transit facilities, existing and new recreational facilities, matching grants for publicly owned historic museum, supportive housing, senior citizen center, and improvements to governmental entities outside the City of Mankato?
North Mankato Residents
Sales Tax Extension Referendum Question on November 8 Ballot:
Should the City of North Mankato be authorized to extend the one-half of one percent (0.5%) local option sales and use tax through 2038 and issue general obligation bonds to which the sales and use tax shall be pledged in an aggregate amount not to exceed $15,000,000, plus the cost of issuing the bonds, to finance the acquisition and development of regional parks, hiking and biking trails, existing and new recreational facilities, expansion of the North Mankato Taylor Library, riverfront redevelopment and lake improvement projects?
The Growing a Greater Mankato campaign is supported by Greater Mankato Growth, Visit Mankato and the Mankato Sports Commission.