Recreation & Trails Sales Tax

Manhattan voters will decide on a 10-year, 0.25% sales tax to fund identified indoor and outdoor recreation and trail improvements in the community. The question will appear on the Nov. 7, 2017, general election ballot.

If approved:

What does this cost?


The total cost of the projects is $27.5 million. The city intends to stagger construction of the projects in order to avoid financing costs and use all revenue collected for construction so more amenities can be included. It is estimated the 0.25% sales tax would generate $2.75 million annually for 10 years. The tax would replace an existing 0.25%, resulting in a steady tax rate.

How does the sales tax affect me?


A current 0.25% quality of life sales tax will sunset on March 31, 2018. If this sales tax is approved, it would begin April 1, 2018, resulting in no change to the city's 8.95% sales tax. For the effect on your pocketbook, 25 cents of every $100 spent would go toward these improvements — think of a $100 grocery bill.


How did we get here?


A steering committee appointed by the Manhattan City Commission studied recreation challenges and opportunities for two years before recommending this ballot question. A community survey was conducted during a strategic facility study to gauge community needs and interests in future recreation opportunities. The results of the survey were used to formulate a strategic plan that included four priorities for parks and recreation improvements. A subsequent feasibility study explored priority projects in more detail. That lead to the development of the ballot question.

Total Project Cost: $27.5 million

Cost of Proposed Improvements

Sales tax breakdown

Sales tax breakdown

Proposed Construction Timeline

Project Timeline