CITY QUESTION 1 (Sartell)
EXTENSION OF ONE-HALF PERCENT LOCAL SALES AND USE TAX
Explanation: The residents of Sartell, St. Joseph, St. Augusta, St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids and Waite Park 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 aforementioned cities through 2038, subject to voter approval in each city.
If Sartell voters approve an extension, the first $900,000 collected annually will be used to fund the jointly funded regional projects identified below with the remaining annual sales tax funds 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.
JOINTLY FUNDED REGIONAL PROJECTS
Regional Trails - Interconnection of trail system, not to exceed $500,000 annually; Regional community/aquatics center, not to exceed $200,000 annually; Regional Airport, not to exceed $200,000 annually.
SARTELL REGIONAL PROJECT
ACQUISITION AND IMPROVEMENT OF REGIONAL PARK LAND AND OPEN
SPACE, COMMUNITY & AQUATICS CENTER FACILITIES:
All or part of the cost for acquisition of, betterment of, development of, and improvements to regional park land and open space which could include trails, recreational fields, pools, shelters, and similar facilities and for the cost for acquisition, betterment, construction and development of community center facilities which could include gymnasium space, aquatics/pool facilities, library/media resource facilities, community meeting rooms, senior center activity space, and similar facilities, in an amount not to exceed 50% of the tax revenues received by the City of Sartell.
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS: All or part of the cost for acquisition, betterment, and construction of new and reconstruction of existing regional roadways and related infrastructure which could include Pinecone Road, 50th Avenue South, 27th Street North, LeSauk Drive, and other regionally significant roadway corridors, in an amount not to exceed 50% of the tax revenues received by the City of Sartell.
Shall the City of Sartell 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.