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For information about the sales tax, contact: 

Lori Economy-Scholler
Chief Financial Officer
952-563-8791
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For information about any of the capital improvement projects under consideration, contact:

Ann Kattreh
Director of Parks and Recreation
952-563-8876
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Council Minute with Mayor Busse featuring Bloomington Sales Tax updates

In the January 25, 2023 Council Minute, Mayor Tim Busse provides another update on the proposed Bloomington Sales Tax.

In the January 11, 2023 Council Minute, Mayor Tim Busse provides an update on the proposed Bloomington Sales Tax.

Overview

In January 2023, the City filed a formal request to the State Legislature for permission to hold a referendum authorizing a local sales tax in Bloomington for certain capital projects.

The Bloomington sales tax would be a 0.5% (one-half of one percent) added tax charged on the gross receipts from retail sales in the city. The new tax would only apply to items that are currently taxable, meaning that items such as clothes and staple groceries would still not be taxed. According to an independent analysis by the University of Minnesota Extension Service, this local sales tax would generate approximately $12 million each year over 20 years. The revenue collected by the sales tax would stay inside Bloomington.

Each proposed project must meet the statutory requirement of regional significance at the state legislature. If approved by the legislature, the next step would be for Bloomington voters to vote on the referendum at a general election.

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Sales tax discussions at City Council meetings

Additional resources

Bloomington Ice Garden renovation (2023)

This PDF describes the City's proposal for a new roof, a new refrigeration system, locker room improvements, and other guest service and ADA improvements.

Community health and wellness center (2023)

This PDF describes the City's proposal to replace the Public Health building and Creekside Community Center.

Nine Mile Creek Corridor Renewal (2023)

This PDF describes the City's proposal to fund improvements in the Nine Mile Creek Corridor.

Letters sent to Legislators (January 2023)

These PDFs contain the letters sent to the Senate and House Tax Committees requesting authorization to utilize a local sales tax.  

Trend Analysis: Local Option Sales Tax for Bloomington, MN (2021 report)

This PDF, an independent analysis by the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, provides estimates of the contributions of residents and visitors to a local option sales tax and an examination of trends from 2016  through 2019.

Trend Analysis: Local Option Sales Tax for Bloomington, MN (2022 report)

This PDF, an independent analysis by the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality, provides estimates of the contributions of residents and visitors to a local option sales tax and an examination of trends from 2016  through 2020.

Resident Survey Report by Morris Leatherman Company (Summer 2022)

This PDF contains the survey results of a resident survey conducted in summer 2022. The City initiated a resident survey to gauge current sentiment. The Morris Leatherman Company, a local research firm, conducted a scientifically valid random sample phone survey of 400 residents in late July and early August. Peter Leatherman presented the findings to the City Council at the August 29, 2022 meeting.