by Dennis Dalman
Voters in all six cities in the St. Cloud area approved the half-cent sales-tax question on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Cities can now collect the tax for a 20-year period, 2018 to 2038. The tax revenue is first spent on major regional projects in St. Cloud, then the rest is divided up among all six cities based on a formula that includes population.
The approval of the ballot question means voters agree to extend the half-cent sales tax, which was first approved in 2006.
The following are the vote tallies in the six cities:
Sartell: Yes: 4,206; No: 1,178.
St. Joseph: Yes: 1,227; No: 484.
Sauk Rapids: Yes: 2,824; No: 1,201.
St. Cloud: Yes: 13,252; No: 5,377.
St. Augusta: Yes: 830; No: 423.
Waite Park: Yes: 1,263; No: 489.