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Posted on: November 17, 2022

Voters Approve Sales Tax Referendum for Two Facilities

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Oakdale residents approved a half-percent sales tax referendum Tuesday, November 8, that will allow the City to invest $37 million in its Public Works and Police facilities.

The facilities projects were presented in two ballot questions. Question One requested $22 million for the construction of a new Public Works facility. Question Two sought $15 million for the expansion and remodel of the Police facility.

Question One for the Public Works facility was approved with 52% of the vote (5,766 votes to 5,425 votes), and Question Two for the Police facility was approved by 55% of the vote (6,213 votes to 4,992 votes). Vote totals were made official at the canvass of votes on November 16.

“We’re excited to move forward with these projects to provide much-needed facilities for Public Works and Police and ultimately enhance the quality of life and service for Oakdale residents,” said City Administrator Christina Volkers.  

The sales tax will spread the tax impact among residents and nonresidents who make purchases in Oakdale. Approximately 50 percent of the sales tax increase will be paid by nonresidents, according to an analysis by the University of Minnesota Extension office.

 “We are grateful for the support from our community to expand and improve our facilities,” said Police Chief Nick Newton. “We appreciate everyone who participated in this process.”  

The sales tax takes effect April 1, 2023 and will expire once funds for the projects are collected, or 25 years, whichever occurs first. If the bonds for the projects are paid off before then, the sales tax will expire earlier.

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