The City of East Grand Forks has an urgent need to secure funding for repairs and improvements to a few of our communities most long-standing recreation facilities.  The City Council of East Grand Forks has requested authority from the MN State Legislature to hold a local vote on the use of a 1% Local Option Sales Tax to fund the proposed improvements.  This sales tax is an important aspect of the funding package to improve these facilities. Without a Local Sales Tax, these important projects could cause the City Council to consider an increase in property taxes for funding the necessary improvements. 

 
Projects being considered are focused around three important facilities.  The Civic Center, built in 1974; the VFW Memorial Arena, built in 1982; and Stauss Park ball fields, originally built in 1962.

 
Needed improvements being considered for Local Sales Tax funding include:

- Replacement of aged R22 Ice Systems at the Civic Center and VFW Arena
- Parking lot replacement at Civic Center and VFW Arena
- Building improvements to exterior and interior of Civic Center and VFW Arena
- Replacement of aged mechanical systems at arenas (heating, air quality, fire alarms, etc.)
- ADA improvements at Civic Center, VFW Arena, and Stauss Park
- Improvements to turf drainage system, player safety, and lighting at ball fields

For more information on the Recreation Facility Improvement projects being considered, please visit https://fip.egf.mn 

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* 1. Where do you live?

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* 2. Would you support a 1% tax increase to pay for identified improvements to East Grand Forks Parks and Recreation facilities?

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* 3. Please rank the listed improvements in order from most important to you to least important to you, with 1 being the most important and 5 being the least important.

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* 4. Do you believe these projects should be partially funded through private fundraising?

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* 5. Would you be willing to contribute privately to these improvements?

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* 6. Do you have any additional feedback that you'd like to provide?

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