Can any city create a local option sales tax?

Yes and no. Cities can explore creating and collecting L.O.S.T. but the process to do so is defined by state law. Before L.O.S.T. can be collected, it must receive approval from the state legislature, the local governing body (i.e. the City Council or County Board of Commissioners), AND the voters via a ballot referendum.


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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?