Sanford Center capital requests, other items, to be discussed during tonight’s financial work session

The Bemidji City Council will discuss their financial management plan during their work session.

According to documents presented by City Finance Director Ron Eischens, the plan concerns the city’s general fund, and the city will set the preliminary levy in September.

Staff and council will likely discuss union contracts, eligible uses of $1.63 million in American Rescue Plan dollars, as well as capital requests for the Sanford Center.

According to a preliminary levy summary, without the Sanford Center capital request of $1.4 million, the proposed levy increase would be 4.8 percent, or about $378,000.

According to estimates, that would be $13 more a year for an average home and $76 for the average business.

With the capital improvement request, the levy increase would be 26.3 percent.

That would be about an increase of $117 for an average home in the city, and $706 for the average business.

The Sanford Center capital requests are for technology upgrades, with a proposal to spend the $1.4 million over five years.

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