The County Commissioners unanimously adopted a one half of one percent sales tax to fund the SMART programs. The sales take will raise approximately $2 million annually and collection is expected to begin July 1. It is estimated that 40% of sales tax dollars will be derived from visitors that use our roadways and trails, but live outside Becker County.
SMART - Safe, Multi-Modal, Active, Responsible Transportation will help preserve the existing road system, address safety needs, fund system improvements, enhance economic development while addressing the changing demographics countywide.
Phase 1 of SMART to be completed this fall includes paving Otto Zeck Road which is the gravel road to Detroit Mountain and safety improvements at the intersection of highway 6 and 11. The tax will also support reconstruction work on Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes.