HEADS UP: Grand Forks School Board voting on tax increase tonight

Heads Ups is a weekly column previewing city government meetings in Grand Forks.

After weeks of drawing fire from residents for considering a 28-percent tax increase, the Grand Forks School Board will make its final decision tonight on whether the proposal stays or goes.

The board’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Mark Sanford Education Center (2400 47th Avenue S.) and likely will be standing room only — similar to the proposal’s public hearing held last month.

The budget discussion is near the top of the agenda so residents shouldn’t have to wait too long to speak their mind.

Since the increase was announced, school board members, residents and legislators have all been sounding off in the Herald. The latest is from board member Tim Lamb. In a letter published today, Lamb invites anyone with concerns to attend the board’s meeting but wants to make one thing very clear:

“… no matter the outcome of the vote tonight, taxpayers will not see an increase in their property tax statement in October. That is as certain as the sun rising in the East,” he wrote.

Service/Safety Committee

The Grand Forks City Council’s Service/Safety Committee will be tackling the issue of speeders on Ruemmele Road at its Tuesday meeting.

Two weeks ago, residents living near the road brought forward a request to place a speed radar sign on the road to remind drivers the speed limit is 20 mph.

Wary of granting a request based on anecdotes, committee chairman Terry Bjerke asked the police department to gather data on driver speeds using its Speeding Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer, a device that records drivers’ speeds as they pass it.

Data shows the average driving speed for the hours the trailer was deployed was 22 mph. The highest speed driven was 35 mph.

The committee must now decide if this data justifies the request. It meets Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall.

Chamber housing update

Finally, the Chamber of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks will present an update on the local housing market Wednesday afternoon.

Recommendations from the city’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Housing will be revisited and new functions for tracking and viewing local housing data will make their debut.

The update will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce Conference Room at 202 N. Third  St.

One thought on “HEADS UP: Grand Forks School Board voting on tax increase tonight

  1. I find it amusing that the radar trailer was parked there for some time and the average speed was 22 mph. There are places all over town where people speed way above the speed limit. Should we be placing these radar signs on all of those streets as well?

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