Resolution Tabled Detroit Lakes City Council SeeksPublic Input On City Sales Tax

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Feb 15, 2017 at 4:07 pm

DETROIT LAKES, MN--The City of Detroit Lakes is looking at implementing a city sales tax within the next two years to raise around 28-million dollars of revenue for projects and ultimately provide some tax relief to city residents.

The city is seeking approval from the State Legislature for a half cent city wide sales tax to generate 28 million dollars for a maximum of 25 years. 

However right now, the city finds itself in a conundrum with a legislative deadline approaching and some council members and residents wanting more details and a chance for public input on projects for which the 28 million dollars will be used.

Lengthy discussions have been held over the course of the last two months as the city looked at its needs which includes building a new 35 million dollar wastewater treatment plant, upgrading its police department headquarters and lake front road improvement projects that the city has had outlined in its strategic plan for years. 

Another lengthy discussion was held Tuesday night at the City Council meeting as a vote on a resolution the city must send to the legislature requesting a city sales tax was presented.  City Administrator Kelcey Klemm presented a list of projects for which the sales tax revenue would be used. During council discussion, four residents from Lake Avenue were allowed to speak and each expressed concerns about using money from the sales tax on road plans contained in the City's strategic plan from several years ago. Council members Jamie Marks Erickson, Barb Schiller and Bruce Imholte said they were not comfortable with the resolution as it was written with not enough details on the street improvement projects and requested the city have more public input prior to sending the resolution to the legislature for a March 10th deadline.

The council tabled the sales tax legislative resolution and have scheduled a special meeting at which public input will be taken on the City Sales Tax for Tuesday, February 28th at 5:00pm. You may also contact your City Council representative with your input. You can find out who represents your ward on the council on Detroit Lakes City website. 

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