What is a local option sales tax?

A local option sales tax (L.O.S.T.) is simply a sales tax that is collected within the geographic boundaries of a city or county. Local option sales taxes apply to the same items and services as the general state sales tax.

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1. What is a local option sales tax?
2. What can receipt of location option sales tax funds be used for?
3. Can any city create a local option sales tax?
4. What does Oakdale want to fund using a sales tax?
5. Were other funding sources considered?
6. How much would the local option sales tax be and how long would it be in effect?
7. Did the City Council approve putting the local option sales tax before voters?
8. What will the local option sales tax look like on my ballot?
9. Do businesses need to report the local option sales tax separately to the state when submitting all sales taxes?