Were other funding sources considered?

Yes, the City Council considered several options, including property taxes, and concluded L.O.S.T. made the most sense for Oakdale residents because the cost would be born not only among Oakdale residents. The benefit of the new Police Department and Public Works facilities and the services these departments provide will be felt by not only Oakdale residents but by anyone that works, shops, or visits the City of Oakdale. In an independent study conducted by the University of Minnesota Extension office that analyzed general state sales tax collected in Oakdale, the data showed that 50 percent of all sales tax collected comes from non-Oakdale residents.

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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?