The North Mankato City council approved a food and beverage tax at its meeting this week. North Mankato mayor Mark Dehen says the city is allowed to use that revenue in a different way than the recently passed local option sales tax.


“We can the the local option sales tax to build facilities, but we can not use it for operational cost,” said Dehen. “So we needed another venue for that.”


Dehen says the tax will provide around 50-thousand dollars in revenue to the city. Dehen says having separate revenue streams has allowed the city to propose a six-point-three-nine percent reduction in property taxes this year.