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S.F. No. 680 - Mankato and North Mankato local option sales tax modification
Author: Senator Nick A. Frentz
Prepared By: Nora Pollock, Senate Counsel (651/297-8066)
Date: March 15, 2017






Allows Mankato to extend its sales tax for different projects as approved by the voters at the November 2016 general election. The tax may be used to raise $47 million plus associated bond costs to fund:

  • construction and improvements to regional recreational facilities including indoor athletic facilities;
  • improvements to the flood control and levee system;
  • water quality improvement projects in Blue Earth and Nicollet counties;
  • expansion of a transit building and related transit improvements; and
  • matching funds for regional facilities such as a historic museum, supportive housing, and a senior center.


Requires the tax to expire at the earlier of December 31, 2038, or when revenues are sufficient to fund the current projects.



Allows Mankato to issue an additional $47 million in bonds for the projects in section 1.


Authorizes the city of North Mankato to extend its existing sales tax to raise up to an additional $15 million for the currently funded projects and adds construction of athletic facilities to the existing uses for the tax revenues. The existing projects include an interchange, trails, a library, riverfront development, and lake improvement projects, with a total authorization of $6 million. The extension was approved by the voters at the November 2016 election. The tax expires at the earlier of December 31, 2038 or when revenues are sufficient to fund $21 million (the current $6 million authorization plus the $15 million proposed in the bill) in bond costs and interest.

All sections are effective the day after each city files its local approval with the Secretary of State.

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