On November 6, voters overwhelmingly decided to invest in city amenities that will benefit every generation. The Active Elk River plan passed with 6,830 votes of support and 3,702 opposed.
On Monday, February 25, the Minnesota House Property and Local Tax Division received testimony on Elk River’s Local Option Sales Tax to fund recreational and outdoor amenity improvements as part of the Active Elk River plan. Rep. Zerwas introduced the bill to the committee and Councilmember Jennifer Wagner and City Administrator Cal Portner provided background information on the project and election. The bill was approved and laid over for inclusion in a larger tax bill. A similar hearing will be conducted by the Senate Taxes Committee in the near future.
This legislative session is scheduled to close on May 20, 2019.
Much of Elk River’s lifestyle is built around parks, trails and other outdoor and indoor activities that provide an abundance of options for everyone. Elk River residents – our children, our families, our seniors – deserve the same high quality amenities that other communities in the region enjoy.
The Active Elk River plan features a broad range of projects that were designed to benefit local residents of all ages.
Why a Sales Tax?
City leaders considered multiple options before deciding to ask voters to consider a half-cent sales tax to finance this investment in our community. As a regional recreation center, they decided a sales tax levy was the fairest solution for residents.