Local Option Sales Tax passes


ALBERT LEA, Minn. – On the ballot in Albert Lea, voters had to decide on a local Option Sales Tax that would help improve water quality.

Albert Lea is known as the Land Between the Lakes, so it’s no surprise that residents voted to help improve the lakes.

A measure to renew an existing one-half percent sales tax was approved with more than 70 percent of the vote. The money will go to the Shell Rock River Watershed District to fund water quality improvements.

“I’m just elated that the community has come together and voiced that they are in support of this moving forward and basically just really rallying behind clean water for our lakes,” said Laura Cunningham, Albert Lea Lakes Foundation president.

One of the projects the money will be used for is the dredging of Fountain Lake. The measure extends the sales tax for either 15 years or until $15 million has been collected.

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