CITY QUESTION 1 (Waite Park)
EXTENSION OF ONE-HALF PERCENT LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX
Explanation: The residents of Waite Park, St. Cloud, St. Augusta, St. Joseph, Sartell, and Sauk Rapids currently collect a 1/2 percent sales and use tax, which will expire on December 31, 2018. The State Legislature has authorized the extension of the existing 1/2 percent sales and use tax for the above cities through 2038, subject to voter approval in each city.
By Waite Park voters approving this extension, the first $900,000 collected annually will be used to fund the regional projects identified below under the section entitled "Jointly Funded Regional Projects" with the remaining sales and use funds being distributed to the area cities pursuant to a Joint Powers Agreement. The area cities can use the remaining sales and use tax dollars for other projects in their individual cities. Proposed projects for Waite Park are identified below under the section entitled "Waite Park Regional Projects".
JOINTLY FUNDED REGIONAL PROJECTS
Not to exceed $500,000 annually for regional trails-an interconnected system of recreational trails and facilities (including the Wobegon Trail); not to exceed $200,000 annually for the Regional Airport; not to exceed $200,000 annually for a Regional Community/Aquatics Center; with a total for all projects not to exceed $900,000 annually.
WAITE PARK REGIONAL PROJECTS - The development, acquisition, and improvement of:
TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS and other related infrastructure in an amount not to exceed 60% of the sales tax revenue received by Waite Park. Examples can include, but are not limited to improvements to the existing roadways of 2nd Avenue South/Graniteview Road and 10th Avenue, additional right turn lanes along 2nd Street South at 2nd Avenue South, 6th Avenue South, and 10th Avenue South.
PARKS, TRAILS, OPEN SPACE, AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES in an amount not to exceed 40% of the sales tax revenue received by Waite Park. Examples can include but are not limited to trails in Waite Park, acquisition and development of parkland in Waite Park, continued development of Rivers Edge Park, senior center improvements in Waite Park, and library/media resource improvements in Waite Park.
Shall the City of Waite Park be authorized to continue the collection of a 1/2 percent sales and use tax through the year 2038 to pay for all or part of the above listed regional projects.
To vote, complete the oval to the LEFT of your choice, like this ( ). Voters desiring to vote in favor of the question should complete the oval opposite the word "YES" next to the question. Voters desiring to vote against the question should complete the oval opposite the word "NO" next to the question.