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.
Longtime Grand Forks politician and now a columnist for the Grand Forks Herald Eliot Glassheim joins us to talk (1) Federal Assistance after disasters and the requirements that need to go with that aid, (2) what “regular order” means in Congress, (3) the challenge that Senator Heidi Heitkamp ahead of her as she seek reelection to the US Senate and (4) his frustration at the Grand Forks City Council’s decision to have only one polling station for the November 2017 Sales Tax vote.
Grand Forks City Councilman Bret Weber was a strong advocate for raising the mil levy one half of one mil in order to fully fund the City’s FY 2018 Personnel Budget, a motion which failed on a 6-0 vote; we’ll talk about his rationale for the increase and why he think it failed in such an overwhelming way.
Speaking of mil increases, we’ll also discuss options the Council will have if the proposed Sales Tax measure fails at the ballot box in November, here are three:
(1) Do nothing additional with infrastructure; additional funding for the new water treatment plant collected from water rate increases
(2) Put “band aids” on infrastructure and levy those mils via the property tax; additional funding for the new water treatment plant collected from water rate increases
(3) Fully fund infrastructure mil requirements via the property tax; additional funding for the new water treatment plant collected from water rate increases
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.
Eliot Glasshiem joined us to discuss reforms to the US Constitution. Should political parties be prohibited, have they outlived their usefulness? Should political campaigns be entirely funded by Federal/State/Local funds so those elected can execute their duties in the best interests of The People who they are elected to represent. We’ll talk about it.
We also discuss the parameters for the upcoming debate for increasing the sales tax in Grand Forks.
Australian native and Minneapolis resident Justine Damond is dead, and so far there is no explanation as to how an innocent woman is dead at the hands of Twins Cities police officers which is disturbing. Mac has thoughts about the type of training that police officers who patrol our streets require in order to eliminate these kind of incidents.
Mac also gives his thoughts on the revenue situation in which the City of Grand Forks finds itself. Assuming that the infrastructure claims of the City of Grand Forks are valid (we’ll talk about that with Terry Bjerke this week!), IS THE ONLY ISSUE TO DISCUSS A CHOICE BETWEEN RAISING ADDITIONAL REVENUE THROUGH A SALES TAX OR VIA A COMBINATION OF PROPERTY TAX AND WATER RATE INCREASES?
The latest police killing in Minneapolis is disturbing to say the least… we wait for answers. We’ll talk about it.
With State aid for infrastructure to Cities being reduced and sales tax revenue continuing to fall, does the City of Grand Forks have an choice in raising taxes? If the citizens of Grand Forks don’t approve a sales tax increase, will the necessary taxes simply be levied via property taxes and enterprise funds? We’ll talk about it.
TERRY BJERKE, former Grand Forks City Council Member joins us to talk the BIG Green Bay Packers win in Dallas… future fiscal challenges for the City of Grand Forks and funding sources. ALWAYS interesting
The former President of the Grand Forks City Council and current member of the Alerus Commission joins the program to discuss Arbor Park, the upcoming Sales Tax, downtown development, Macy’s closing and Altru’s announcement that they will not reoccupy their Clinic, but rebuild it.