I have lots of questions surrounding the “retirement” of University of North Dakota Athletic Director Brian — Tom Miller, Sports Reporter for the Grand Forks Herald joined the program to try to explain to me the “why’s” of this confusing story.
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.
Tuesday, June 12 2017, Hour 2
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.
A frank and interesting interview.
Steve Wasvick, Bergstrom Electric’s Branch Manager in Grand Forks and the President of the Grand Forks Planning and Zoning Commission joins us to discuss the work he did leading up to the Flood of 1997 and the then the work during the Flood and Post-Flood. Steve represents the huge number of contractors that worked tirelessly for months without days off to restore services to citizens in need.