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Show your city’s support for two League initiatives with a resolution or letter of support on legislation that continues to move.
(Published Apr 8, 2013)
1. Get Informed.
City support for the city sales tax exemption and street improvement districts initiatives has proven extremely effective in both educating and securing support from legislators. The League has previously written about both initiatives and continues to encourage cities to submit resolutions supporting it. Read on for a summary of resources related to both initiatives:
SF 1523 (Sen. Ann Rest, DFL-New Hope), SF 329 (Sen. Dave Senjem, R-Rochester), and SF 104 (Sen. Charles Wiger, DFL-Maplewood) would add local units of government to the list of entities that are exempt from sales tax on purchases. All three bills will be heard in the Senate Tax Reform Division of the Taxes Committee on Tuesday, April 9 at 8:30 a.m.
A bill (SF 1537) by Rep. Roger Chamberlain (R-Lino Lakes) that would exempt sales tax on purchases by cities that did not receive local government aid in the previous calendar year will also be heard at the hearing.
The House companion is HF 469 (Rep. Peter Fischer, DFL-Maplewood). Coauthors include Rep. Leon Lillie (DFL-N. St. Paul), Rep. Ron Erhardt (DFL-Edina), Rep. JoAnn Ward (DFL-Woodbury), and Rep. Barb Yarusso (DFL-Shoreview). Two other bills (HF 295, Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River) and (HF 466, Rep. Paul Anderson, R-Starbuck) were also introduced and heard in the House Tax Committee.
Read this Third Reading article for more information on the impact that this bill would have.
This bill (SF 607/HF 745) would allow cities to collect fees from property owners within a district to fund municipal street maintenance, construction, reconstruction, and facility upgrades. If enacted, this legislation would provide cities with an additional tool to build and maintain city streets. Both bills have a mix of Republican and Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) co-authors.
The Senate bill was heard in the Senate Taxes Committee on Monday, April 8 at 8:30 a.m. We expect it to continue to move through the process thereafter, so continued action by cities is crucial. The House bill met the committee deadlines and will be heard in the House Taxes Committee on Tuesday, April 9 at 12:30 p.m.
2. Take Action.
Consider sharing your city’s support for these city initiatives by passing a resolution (or a letter of support from your mayor) at your next city council meeting. Be sure to email or send your city’s resolutions to firstname.lastname@example.org and to your legislators (contact information below). Thank you to cities who have already sent copies of resolutions.
Find out who your legislators are and how to contact them
The League has already received more than 35 resolutions from cities supporting the initiative. Thank you to those cities that have already sent in their resolutions to Anne Finn. See a photo of the resolutions submitted so far. We hope to continue to collect resolutions of support from cities in the coming weeks.
View sample resolution for city council (pdf)
View sample letter of support for mayor's signature (pdf)
Access the compiled action toolkit for cities to advocate on this legislation
3. Stay Involved.
Stay tuned to League publications for more information:
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