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SF 3346

as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/20/2020 02:49pm

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to taxation; authorizing the city of Bemidji to impose a local sales and use
tax.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1. new text beginCITY OF BEMIDJI; TAXES AUTHORIZED.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Sales and use tax authorization. new text end

new text begin Notwithstanding Minnesota Statutes,
section 297A.99, subdivision 1, or 477A.016, or any other law, ordinance, or city charter,
and if approved by the voters at a general election as required under Minnesota Statutes,
section 297A.99, subdivision 3, the city of Bemidji may impose by ordinance a sales and
use tax of one-half of one percent for the purposes specified in subdivision 2. Except as
otherwise provided in this section, the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, section 297A.99,
govern the imposition, administration, collection, and enforcement of the tax authorized
under this subdivision. The tax imposed under this subdivision is in addition to any local
sales and use tax imposed under any other special law.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Use of sales and use tax revenues. new text end

new text begin The revenues derived from the tax authorized
under subdivision 1 must be used by the city of Bemidji to pay the costs of collecting and
administering the tax and paying for the following projects in the city, including securing
and paying debt service on bonds issued to finance all or part of the following projects:
new text end

new text begin (1) $8,000,000 plus associated bonding costs for a new, upgraded, municipal water
treatment plant;
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new text begin (2) $10,000,000 plus associated bonding costs for expansion and improvements to the
existing municipal waste water treatment plant; and
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new text begin (3) $9,000,000 plus associated bond costs for capital repair and replacement costs for
the Sanford Event Center.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 3. new text end

new text begin Bonding authority. new text end

new text begin (a) The city of Bemidji may issue bonds under Minnesota
Statutes, chapter 475, to finance all or a portion of the costs of the facilities authorized in
subdivision 2 and approved by the voters as required under Minnesota Statutes, section
297A.99, subdivision 3, paragraph (a). The aggregate principal amount of bonds issued
under this subdivision may not exceed (1) $8,000,000 for the project listed in subdivision
2, clause (1), plus an amount to be applied to the payment of the costs of issuing the bonds;
(2) $10,000,000 for the project listed in subdivision 2, clause (2), plus an amount to be
applied to the payment of the costs of issuing the bonds; and (3) $9,000,000 for the project
listed in subdivision 2, clause (3), plus an amount to be applied to the payment of the costs
of issuing the bonds. The bonds may be paid from or secured by any funds available to the
city of Bemidji, including the tax authorized under subdivision 1. The issuance of bonds
under this subdivision is not subject to Minnesota Statutes, sections 275.60 and 275.61.
new text end

new text begin (b) The bonds are not included in computing any debt limitation applicable to the city
of Bemidji, and any levy of taxes under Minnesota Statutes, section 475.61, to pay principal
and interest on the bonds is not subject to any levy limitation. A separate election to approve
the bonds under Minnesota Statutes, section 475.58, is not required.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 4. new text end

new text begin Termination of taxes. new text end

new text begin Subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 297A.99,
subdivision 12, the tax imposed under subdivision 1 expires at the earlier of (1) ten years
after the tax is first imposed, or (2) when the city council determines that the amount received
from the tax is sufficient to pay for the project costs authorized under subdivision 2 for
projects approved by voters as required under Minnesota Statutes, section 297A.99,
subdivision 3, paragraph (a), plus an amount sufficient to pay the costs related to issuance
of any bonds authorized under subdivision 3, including interest on the bonds. Except as
otherwise provided in Minnesota Statutes, section 297A.99, subdivision 3, paragraph (f),
any funds remaining after payment of all due to the timing of the termination of the tax
under Minnesota Statutes, section 297A.99, subdivision 12, shall be placed in the general
fund of the city. The tax imposed under subdivision 1 may expire at an earlier time if the
city so determines by ordinance.
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new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective the day after the governing body of the
city of Bemidji and its chief clerical officer comply with Minnesota Statutes, section 645.021,
subdivisions 2 and 3.
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