East Grand Forks to wait for ice arena study as it considers a new sales tax

East Grand Forks leaders are set to wait on the results of an ice arena study they commissioned in June before they further consider replacing an expiring sales tax with a new one.

City Council members on Tuesday took a look at 17 projects — mostly revamped roads and parking lots — that could be paid for with sales tax revenue or, in many cases, federal or city money or assessments, where property owners who live alongside a project are charged for some or all of its cost.

One of the most potentially costly items on that list is building improvements at the city’s Civic Center and VFW Memorial Arena, possibly via sales tax. City leaders opted to wait on the results of a $10,000 study that is set to analyze their options for those buildings, which could be as drastic as building a new arena and turning the VFW into a multipurpose facility.

In 2016, East Grand Forks voters approved a 1 percent sales tax that city staff expect to expire in about a year. The tax brings in about $74,000 each month, and the city uses that revenue to pay back the loan it took

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