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 Thursday, May 31, Governor Tim Walz signed the 2019 Omnibus Tax Bill into law, authorizing the City of Elk River to impose a local option sales tax of one-half of one percent (half-cent) to fund $35 million in bonding for recreation facilities, park enhancements, trail extensions and dredging of Lake Orono.
At the Monday, June 3 the City Council approved an enabling resolution and will approve a new sales tax ordinance on June 17. City staff are now preparing for a bond sale and bid opening for the multipurpose facility. Demolition/construction is tentatively scheduled for July 8. City staff has also been working very closely with ISD #728 leadership on the final construction details.
When will we start seeing projects underway?
Design, Timelines, Renderings
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.