It’s budget season for municipalities and the City of Grand Forks published their FY 2018 Budget this past week. Dana Sande joined us to discuss the good and the bad of what is a challenging budget due to contracting revenues and infrastructure bills that are piling up. The President of the Grand Forks City Council discusses the decision not to fully fund the City’s Personnel budget and the ongoing discussion with citizens about the upcoming Sales Tax vote.
Sande is candid about the limited options that the Council has if the proposed Sales Tax initiative fails, with water rates and property taxes being the logical tools to service the infrastructure debt that the City will need to service in the upcoming years. A “Road Utility Tax” another option.
Prior to retiring, Mac participated in post-Katrina civil-military planning that addressed a catastrophic earthquake that occurred in San Francisco or Los Angeles. Some interesting discussing took place, you’ll hear about it.
Todd Feland, the City Administrator of the City of Grand Forks and former the Public Works Department Head in post-flood Grand Forks, joined us to discuss Emergency Operations as Hurricane Harvey and its residual storms continue to pound southeast Texas.
Is there a larger role for active duty military units to play, especially in the first 7-10 days of a disaster. They do it around the world and can be alerted and used during the height of the disaster, and so time is not lost in mobilization and movement.
Todd Feland is the City Administrator of Grand Forks, he joined us to discuss and footnote key elements of Mayor Mike Brown’s Sales Tax increase proposal which was unveiled Monday night.
Todd walks us through the plan for infrastructure, to include 42nd St and 47th Ave South, the Plan for Reserves, the plan for existing infrastructure and the plan for use of both mils and sales tax revenue that is currently servicing permanent flood protection debt that goes away in 2021.
We also discuss the Mayor and Council’s alternatives if the sales tax is no approved. If you care to be part of an informed debate on the Sales Tax issue, you must listen to this.
Dana Sande, President of the Grand Forks City Council, is concerned about the situation the City of Grand Forks finds itself in financially as a result of a decrease in State funding of infrastructure combined with a declining City Sales Tax. The Bottom Line – there are dark clouds on the horizon for every local government in the state.
In a pointed interview as the vote on Arbor Park gets under way, Sande expressed frustration over what he believes are falsehoods about the “standard Renaissance Zone incentives” that apply to the Ritterman project that could be built in Arbor Park if approved and emphasized the importance of this vote for much needed tax revenue and as a message to developers that Grand Forks is business friendly.