The Dakota County Board of Commissioners voted in June to dissolve the Counties Transit Improvement Board (CTIB) and to maintain the current quarter-percent sales tax and $20 excise tax on new vehicle sales. Maintaining the sales tax will fund much needed Dakota County transportation and transit projects, while providing a better return on investment for Dakota County taxpayers.
The County’s sales tax will take effect on Oct. 1 and will be cost neutral to residents and businesses as the tax will replace the CTIB tax. Disbanding CTIB provides Dakota County with a more reliable, locally-controlled funding source for County transportation and transit. Maintaining the tax is expected to generate $16.6 million in 2018 for Dakota County transportation and transit needs. The County’s return on investment as a member of CTIB was less than half of what would have been contributed financially.
“Money being spent in Dakota County will stay in Dakota County to help fund our important transportation needs,” said Mike Slavik, chair of the Dakota County Board of Commissioners. “Directing more revenue for a wide variety of transportation and transit projects at no additional cost to taxpayers is a big step in the right direction for the future of the transportation system in our County.”
Transportation and transit funding collected in Dakota County will be used on high-impact projects to improve safety, congestion, mobility and economic development that are important to the future of transportation in Dakota County. Dakota County revenue will also be used to fund regional transitway capital and operation costs such as the METRO Orange Line along I-35, METRO Red Line along Cedar Avenue, transit expansion, county highway and trunk highway projects, and regional trail projects. The County is working with its transportation partners to develop the scope and timeline for future projects.
Five metro counties — Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Anoka and Washington — established CTIB in 2008 to advance transit projects through the entire metro area Although CTIB has disbanded, Dakota County remains committed to working with partners in the region on a robust and sustainable regional transit system.
See attachments for a list and map of transportation projects eligible for the use of the tax. Being on the list does not ensure a project will be completed. The list may be amended by the Board of Commissioners.