Bemidji City Council Proposes Sales Tax Increase

Bemidji City Council Proposes Sales Tax Increase

January 14, 2020 0 By Luis Garrison


THE SYSTEM. >>>BEMIDJI CITY COUNCIL PLANS TO MOVE AHEAD WITH THE RESOLUTION TO ADD THREE ITEMS, WHICH INCLUDE SEWER, WATER AND SANFORD CENTER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS INTO A SALES TAX. ORIGINALLY THE COUNCIL’S FOCUS WAS ON THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE TAX. BUT AFTER WEIGHING THEIR OPTIONS, THEY’VE DECIDED TO TABLE THE HOSPITALITY TAX FOR A LATER TIME AND INSTEAD OPTED FOR A HALF PERCENT INCREASE IN SALES TAX. THIS TAX WOULD INCLUDE WASTE WATER ISSUES AND THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS OF THE SANFORD CENTER. COUNCILMEMBERS PLAN TO VOTE ON THE SALES TAX PROPOSAL NEXT TUESDAY.>>[INAUDIBLE]. SO WE’RE LOOKING AT OTHER KIND OF CREATIVE WAYS TO FIND RESOURCES, AND SO IT’S TRYING TO BALANCE WHAT IS OUR MOST CRITICAL NEED AND WHAT IS IT THAT WE NEED TO BE LOOKING AT BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT TO HAVE TO GO BACK NEXT YEAR FOR ANOTHER SALES TAX.>>AFTER THAT THEY WILL HAVE UNTIL JANUARY 31ST TO SUBMIT THE TAX PROPOSAL TO THE