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 Wednesday, March 27, the Senate Taxes Committee 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. City Administrator Cal Portner and Mayor John Dietz testified regarding the merits of the proposed projects and community participation in the process. The bill was approved and laid over for inclusion in the final Omnibus Tax Bill. A similar hearing was approved on February 25 following testimony before the House Property and Local Tax Division. That bill has been included in the Division’s final report and will next go to the larger House Tax Committee.
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.