On Wednesday, March 27, the Senate Taxes Committee received testimony on Elk River’s Local Option Sales Tax to fund recreational and outdoor amenity improvements as part of the Active Elk River plan. City Administrator Cal Portner and Mayor John Dietz testified regarding the merits of the proposed projects and community participation in the process. The bill was approved and laid over for inclusion in the final Omnibus Tax Bill. A similar hearing was approved on February 25 following testimony before the House Property and Local Tax Division. That bill has been included in the Division’s final report and will next go to the larger House Tax Committee.