MN Authorized Local Sales Taxes That Were Never Imposed

Taxing Jurisdiction & Year Authorized Rate Approval required Use of Revenues/Other Comments
Bloomington – 1986 1.0% City council approval Mall of America site improvements. This tax was only authorized for sales at the Mall of America site. The city did not impose the tax before legislative authority was repealed in 1987.
Thief River Falls – 1992 0.5% Voter approval at the 1992 general election Tourism and convention facilities. Referendum not held and authority expired.
Ely – 1992 1.0% Voter approval at the 1992 general election Wilderness Gateway project. The imposition of the tax was defeated at the required referendum.
Garrison – 1993 0.5% Voter approval at a general or special election City sewer system project. The referendum was never held; however, this authority has not expired.
Detroit Lakes – 1998 0.5% Voter approval at the 1998 general election Community center. The imposition of the tax was defeated at the required referendum.
Fergus Falls – 1998 0.5% Voter approval at the 1998 general election Convention and recreational center. The imposition of the tax was defeated at the required referendum.
Owatonna – 1998 0.5% Voter approval at the 1998 general election Owatonna Economic Development 2000 project. The imposition of the tax was defeated at the required referendum. New authority was enacted in 2006 to fund a number of capital projects (see Table 1).
Hutchinson – 1998 0.5% Voter approval at a 1998 general or special election Civic center and recreational facilities. The imposition of the tax was defeated at the required referendum.
Bemidji – 1998 1.0% Voter approval at the 1998 general election Convention center. Referendum not held and the authority expired. In 2005 new authority was enacted to fund park and trail improvements (see Table 1).

The content of this and any related posts has been copied or adopted from the Minnesota House of Representatives Research Department’s Information Brief, Local Sales Taxes in Minnesota, written by legislative analyst Pat Dalton.

This is also part of a series of posts on local sales taxes in Minnesota.