Following a public hearing at the November 3, 2015 Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners Meeting, County Commissioners voted unanimously to enact a 1/2 percent countywide local option transportation sales and use tax to address growing transportation needs throughout the County. The tax went into effect on April 1, 2016.
Revenue generated from the tax will be dedicated to transportation and transit needs in the County pursuant to 2013 Minnesota legislation under statute 297A.993 that allows County Boards to impose a transportation sales tax at a rate of up to one half of one percent.
Currently there is a $4,223,000 annual gap in transportation funding for the 430-mile County State Aid Highway (CSAH) system in Blue Earth County.
Throughout September and October, Blue Earth County conducted a number of public meetings to bring forward information and further discuss implementation of a local option transportation sales and use tax.
To view a copy of the Department of Revenue/Blue Earth County tax notice, educational presentation, obtain a copy of the informational handout or see a list of projects associated to the transportation sales and use tax please refer to the informational resources section of the page below.
For more information about transportation needs in Blue Earth County and facts regarding the local transportation sales tax please refer to the following documents:
Blue Earth County Tax Notice
Transportation Sales Tax Option Presentation
Blue Earth County Transportation Improvement Projects 2016-2026
If you would like to ask a question or submit feedback, please fill out a question/comment form or for more information contact the Blue Earth County Communications Manager at (507) 304-4284.