A year after voters rejected one sales tax proposal they overwhelmingly approved a second one by a margin of almost 3 to 1. Grand Forks City Administrator Todd Feland and City Council President Dana Sande joined MacTalk to discuss their thoughts on the dramatic turnaround.
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.
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.