East Grand Forks City Council reviews proposed sales tax for upgrades to city’s recreational facilities

How does a place pay for the nice things it wants like parks and playgrounds? Taxes. And in East Grand Forks, the City Council is contemplating adding a sales tax to pay for adding and upgrading recreational facilities. The question on the tax isn’t if, it’s how much? And the answer is going to be

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North Dakota lawmakers propose tax exemptions for diapers, tampons

Diapers, children’s car seats, tampons, and sanitary pads are all subject to sales tax in North Dakota. But if two separate bills are successful in the upcoming session, that will change. Get the full story from Jeremy Turley writing at the Dickinson Press about two legislators who want a little less hypocrisy in the state’s

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So, you’re pissed about your City taxes going up? Me too

Sometimes, maybe the best you can do is to make everyone angry. With three months on the job as a member of City Council and now a budget under my belt, that’s my ‘lesson learned’ at this point. And boy was that budget a doozy. If you’re not familiar with what’s coming your way, I

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In Williston, a downtown fixture closing its doors this month

A generations-old retail store in downtown Williston is closing its doors this week. The downtown Hallmark store has been in Williston in some form since 1964, but changes in consumer retail behavior have forced the change. It’s relevant here in Minot because it’s a sign of changing times. Tomorrow, Minot’s City Council will be discussing

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Marathon community facilities meeting ends in indecision

The community facilities allocation of Minot’s sales tax is set at 30% of 1-cent. By the end of 2017, it’s expected to have about $4.8 million available. The first step in deciding which projects are funded rests in the hands of a subcommittee of City Council members, and they met on Thursday to review applications.

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Flood Protection Funding Remains in Question

The City of Minot’s Sales Tax Reform (Flood Protection Funding) Ad Hoc Committee met yesterday to continue the discussion on funding the local share of our long-term flood protection plan. Following the legislature’s estimated appropriation of $70 million in the current biennium, a $20 million carryover from the last biennium, and written intent to appropriate

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Flood Protection: A Penny Could Pay For It

The City of Minot’s Sales Tax Ad Hoc Committee met yesterday for the second time. The committee is still in the information gathering process, and one of the presenters yesterday was SRJB Project Administrator Ryan Ackerman. He provided the committee with his analysis of paying our local share of flood protection, and it looks like

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Funding Flood Protection Through Sales Tax

Minot’s just starting the conversation on how to more fully fund our local share of flood protection, but in Fargo, the issue is already on the ballot. This article — while not directly about Minot — is a great primer on the factors that go into figuring how we’re going to come up with our

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Bismarck city officials debate sales tax to fund road projects

A report by Bismarck city staff outlining the need for more than $200 million in road system upgrades over the next 10-years has City officials discussing the possibility of increasing Bismarck’s sales tax.

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Minot Sales Tax Collections Trending Down Against 2014 Totals

Through August of this year, Minot sales tax collections continued to show growth when compared to 2014 monthly and year-to-date numbers, but a steep decline in September and October collections suggest the Minot is likely to end the year with little or no revenue growth overall. The City of Minot budgeted for $11,500,000 per 1-cent

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Minot Sales Tax Revenue Grows in Spite of Oil Downturn, ND Up Also

In the first quarter of 2014, North Dakota’s sales tax revenue grew by 2.26% over the same period in 2014. And Minot was one of the fastest growing communities with over 10.75% growth in the same period. The official news release from the North Dakota Tax Commissioner’s office follows below. — Official News Release, ND

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Jamestown’s Two Rivers Activity Center Tax Increase Approved

Jamestown voters approved a 1-perecent sales tax that will be used to fund the $28 million dollar Two Rivers Activity Center. The 172,000 square foot facility will have an aquatic center, walking path, basketball courts, and an indoor turf area.

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Minot: Community Facility Sales Tax Applications

May was the application month for those seeking sales tax dollars for their community facility projects. Six applications were submitted — two from the City of Minot, two from the Minot Park District, one from Minot State University, and one from the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. Here’s the rundown of the projects. The community facilities committee

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Grand Forks Mulling Sales Tax Increase to Pay Infrastructure Costs

  Facing a likely budget shortfall in coming years, the City of Grand Forks is considering whether to ask voters to approve a half-cent sales tax or find other funding alternatives. Grand Forks is facing several big-ticket infrastructure improvements.

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MARC Vote Fails by 2 -1 Margin

Final vote tallies: NO: 3788 | YES: 1862. The result of the vote means nothing will change for Minot property owners or shoppers. The Park District will continue to be funded by property tax. Minot’s sales tax rate will remain at 7.5%.

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The MARC: Our Final Words

If you have chosen to get the information, you should be considering a ‘yes’ vote. If you’re firmly in the ‘no’ camp, these arguments won’t convince you to change your mind. I’m going to say them anyway. Minot Needs a Place for Year-Round, Active Recreation With the MARC proposal, the Park District has presented us

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