HEADS UP: School tax hike up for debate, recycling back in spotlight

 Heads Up is a weekly column that previews upcoming Grand Forks city government meetings.

The biggest meeting this week won’t be held in Grand Forks City Hall but rather in the Mark Sanford Education Center. 

You may have noticed a distinct lack of city government stories coming out of the blog this week. Instead, I was tasked with covering the property tax increase (or decrease depending on which side of the issue you stand) proposed by Grand Forks Public School. You can get caught up here.

A public hearing for the increase will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Mark Sanford Education Center, 2400 47th Ave. S.

Tuesday, another community-dividing issue is back before the City Council’s Service/Safety Committee: recycling.

The choice about whether or not the city should continue it’s curbside recycling program as is or expand it had more citizens than usual contacting the council (and me) to sound off. The council voted to approve the expansion in June and will be discussing the bid for containers presented by Waste Management this week.

One of part of Waste Management’s proposal may get a little sticky. The council voted to expand the program with the expectation the company chip in $30,000 annually for marketing the program in hopes of increasing participation. This week’s proposal asks the council to downsize that number to $15,000 per year. The final number could be anywhere in between depending if either side is willing to compromise.

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