As a city that was built out in the 1950s and 1960s, Bloomington has many facilities that need to be upgraded or replaced. The City Council asked the state legislature to approve a proposal to renew and invest in Bloomington’s recreational, sports and health facilities that residents could vote on in November 2023. The request was approved in May 2023.
Nine Mile Creek Corridor renewal: $20 million.
Bloomington Ice Garden renovation, including a new roof: $37.272 million. The City has received $2.272 million from the State of Minnesota for predesign work.
Public Health and Creekside Community Center building replacement: $101.8 million. The City has received $1.8 million from the State of Minnesota for predesign work.
The City is seeking voter approval for a half-percent sales tax to fund the recreational, sports and health projects listed above. The estimated $12 million generated each year through a Bloomington sales tax would be used to pay for these specific capital improvement projects that have a regional impact.
The sales tax proposal referendum questions will be included on the general election ballot in November 2023. As required, each project will be a separate yes/no question on the ballot. Only projects approved by voters may be funded by the sales tax.