BAXTER -- Baxter officials hope their quest for a half-percent local sales tax will be considered by the Legislature.
The Baxter City Council Tuesday passed a resolution requesting the Legislature authorize the local-option sales tax during its next session. Along with a half percent sales tax, the request also includes an excise tax of up to $20 per motor vehicle.
But before the Legislature can authorize it, the sales tax has to be approved by Baxter residents through a referendum on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.
The sales tax is proposed to generate no more than $15 million and would expire in 12 years.
The funds from the sales tax would pay for general obligation bonds for all or part of the city's share for expanding water and wastewater facilities, constructing and equipping a fire substation and construction of a Paul Bunyan Trail bridge over Excelsior Road.
Baxter Mayor Gary Muehlhausen said he would hope Brainerd and other area cities would still consider a local-option sales tax, noting the loss of local government aid for most of those cities.
"It's going to have an impact on the entire area," Muehlhausen said.
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