Bemidji City Council to discuss tax-increment financing district, preliminary tax levy during Tuesday meeting

The City of Bemidji has three meetings this Tuesday. The Public Affairs Committee will meet first at 5:15 p.m., to review the tourist information center lease with Visit Bemidji.

The regular council meeting begins at 6 p.m., and the Bemidji Economic Development Authority will meet immediately after the regular council meeting adjourns.

During the BEDA meeting and the regular council meeting, members will consider a resolution to establish and adopt a tax increment financing district for the Mountain View Meadows multi-family housing complex. A public hearing will be held on that proposed resolution during the regular council meeting.

Other items on the council’s agenda include considering claims submitted by VenuWorks for the Sanford Center, consider a resolution approving the preliminary 2021 tax levy, consider CARES Act Relief Fund allocations and discuss a rail corridor land lease.

Due to the recent death of Mr. Mike Flaherty, owner the Fade Masters barbershop on leased city land, his family is exploring the possibility of either transferring the lease to a third party or terminating the lease.

The council, in an agenda item added Friday afternoon, will also discuss a memorandum of agreement for temporary alternative use and reimbursement under the Bemidji State University Lease of the Sanford Center.

According to the “agreement,” it is still unknown if there will be a hockey season for the WCHA conference.

In city documents, the “agreement” requires the University to pay $145,000 by September 15th, but the usual monthly installments of $36,254 will be suspended until after December 31.

If the hockey season is implemented, the University’s rent obligation will return to its normal payment schedule.

The original agenda and packet is available here, and the amended agenda item with the lease agreement is here.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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