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Sales tax and wye highlights of city council agenda

WILLMAR--The Willmar City Council will consider Monday night whether to pass a resolution that would establish a local option sales tax ballot question for the Nov. 8 general election.

WILLMAR-The Willmar City Council will consider Monday night whether to pass a resolution that would establish a local option sales tax ballot question for the Nov. 8 general election.

The resolution will also lay out which projects will benefit from the sales tax, how long the sales tax will be collected for, how much the sales tax will be for and an estimated total of the collection.

In the ongoing discussions about the sales tax the council has said the tax will be a half of a percent for 10 years. Potential projects are upgrades at the civic center, Robbins Island, Swansson Field and community center, for a total of about $18 million plus finance costs.

Representatives from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and BNSF Railroad will be presenting on the Willmar Wye project during the council meeting. They will also be speaking with the Kandiyohi County Board Tuesday morning and holding an open house Tuesday afternoon at the Willmar Library from 5 to 7 p.m.

Discussions and possible decisions on the sale of Industrial Park land, the Kandi Mall tax abatement and the city taking part in a curling club facility project are on the agenda as well.

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The council will also consider applications for a James Metzen Mighty Duck Grant for the civic center, a Willmar Area Community Foundation Grant for the destination playground and whether to go forward with installing a video boat ramp monitoring system on Foot and Willmar Lake.

The council will take up the stormwater compliance and permit assistant position and whether to increase the plan review fees for building permits.

Related Topics: WILLMAR CITY COUNCIL
Shelby Lindrud is a reporter with the West Central Tribune of Willmar. Her focus areas are arts and entertainment, agriculture, features writing and the Kandiyohi County Board.

She can be reached via email slindrud@wctrib.com or direct 320-214-4373.


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