Sinking-Fund Tax Law and Legal Definition

A Sinking fund tax is a tax raised to be applied to the payment of the interest and principal of a public loan. It cannot be levied for the payment of floating indebtedness. Revenue from sinking-fund tax can be used to construct buildings, pay for boilers or playground equipment.

Following is a state statute providing for sinking-fund taxation.

”The county board of any county having a bonded indebtedness may by resolution create a sinking fund, to be known as the bonded debt sinking fund, for the purpose of paying such indebtedness when it becomes due. Such funds shall be raised by taxation and, at the time of creating the same, the board shall by resolution determine the amount to be raised therefor the first year, and the amount to be so raised for each following year shall be determined at its first meeting in January in such year. Such tax shall be levied by the county auditor in addition to all other taxes authorized by law, extended on the tax lists, and collected as other county taxes.” [Minn. Stat. § 272.28]