2023 Municipal Athletic Complex Local Option Sales Tax Referendum

Municipal Athletic Complex logo with photo of a baseball game being played

Background Information

In August 2022, the St. Cloud City Council voted to move a suggested Municipal Athletic Complex (MAC) local option sales tax referendum to the November 2022 General Election ballot. 

If approved, there would be accountability:

    There will be disclosure of how the funds are spent.

    There will be an annual accounting of how the funds are spent.

If approved, improvements to the MAC would be made:

    Arena expansion +/- 40,000 square feet

    Improvements to Dick Putz Baseball Field 

    Accessibility and sustainability – upgrade existing features and mechanical 

Ballot Language

Sales and Use Tax for the Municipal Athletic Complex

In the City of St. Cloud, shall the proceeds of a one-half of one percent sales and use tax be collected for a period of five years to fund up to $21,100,000 of improvements and renovations to the Municipal Athletic Complex?

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What must the money be used for?

Funds would be used for:

    Arena expansion – locker rooms, training, mechanical etc.

    Maintaining and improving MAC facilities

    Create and sustain cleaner, safer, and more attractive MAC

    Improving access and extending turf sports season

2. What’s the bottom line? How much will it cost me? If approved, how much will local option sales taxes increase?

The new local option sales tax being proposed is one half of one percent or 0.50%

3. Why fund this with a local option sales tax?  

A local option sales tax gives residents the best value for their investment. Sales tax is a one-time tax on certain purchases in St. Cloud, collected from both residents and non-residents at time of purchase. 

Infographic on sales tax totals a one-half percent sales tax would equate to on common purchases

4. How will I know the money will be wisely spent? What kind of accountability is there to the taxpayers?

If approved, there would be strict accountability:

  • There will be public disclosure of how the funds are spent.
  • There will be an accounting of how the funds are spent.
  • Funds raised could be matched by funds from the state and federal government and private sources.

5. Why is this needed now?

This goes back to the MAC Facility Needs Assessment planning done in 2017. The plan found that MAC was aged, requires updating and did not meet current user group requirements.

6. Why now, post global pandemic, with personal and economic hardships?

While there have been concerns about moving forward with this initiative at this time, the needs of the MAC have not diminished. In fact, recently there’s been higher usages post pandemic. During these times, having close-to-home recreational opportunities such as the MAC where we, our families and youth can be active, is even more important than ever.

7. Do other Minnesota Cities have a local option sales tax dedicated for public facilities?

Yes! Many Minnesota cities have passed sales tax referendums for public facilities.  

8. How much money will be raised?

If approved by the voters, the referendum would raise $21.1 million for improvements and renovation of the MAC. 

9. How do I vote on St. Cloud City Question #1:  In the City of St. Cloud, shall the proceeds of a one-half of one percent sales and use tax be collected for a period of five years to fund up to $21,100,000 of improvements and renovations to the Municipal Athletic Complex?

General Election: Tuesday, November 8, 2022; voting hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can check where to vote using the Secretary of State Polling Place Finder.

Please visit the Secretary of State website for additional Election Day Voting Information.