ST. PAUL, Minn – Senator Nick Frentz (DFL- N. Mankato) introduced legislation today that would extend the local option sales tax in Mankato and North Mankato. Mankato and North Mankato voters approved the .5% local sales tax extension last fall, however legislative approval is needed to authorize the extension. The 2016 tax bill, which included the extension, was passed by the legislature last spring. The legislation was pocket vetoed by Governor Dayton as part of the larger tax bill because his administration caught an error that officials said would have cost the state treasury $101 million over the next three years.
Frentz’s bill (SF 6810) would utilize sales tax extension revenues by funding improvements to regional parks, trails, and athletic facilities; water quality and flood control systems; public safety and emergency communications; and senior and supportive housing projects.
Frentz said, “This bill expresses the will of Mankato and North Mankato voters on Nov 8th, when they supported the sales tax extension by wide margins. People have faith in our municipal leaders to use such funds wisely for the stated purposes, and to seek public input as the process moves ahead. I look forward to working with my fellow legislators to see this bill passed for the good of our region.”