The Minnesota State Legislature did not approve allowing St.Peter to hold a local option sales tax referendum during its regular legislative session. The city needs state approval before holding the vote. If city residents would approve the sales tax, the revenue would help fund a new fire station. City administrator Todd Prafke says with the possibility of a special legislative session, he’s remaining optimistic.

“We’ve heard some discussion that there will be some “regular business” should lawmakers return to St. Paul”, said Prafke. “And we might fall into that regular business category. So we might not know whether or not it could happen until late June or early July.”

Prafke says the city is not on a tight timetable for the project right now, so if the state approves the referendum there will be enough time for the city to take the next steps.