Currently the street crews are only doing temporary fixes to potholes in Grand Forks because the temperatures are too cold for a more permanent fix. Once the temperatures warm up, crews will start doing permanent fixes to the potholes that should last through the year.
What will the ballot look like for this special election?
How do I get and absentee ballot?
The County Auditor’s Office is handling absentee balloting for the election.
County phone number: 780-8200
County Address: 151 S 4th Street, First Floor
How does absentee balloting work?
A voter can go into the county office and vote on site or request a ballot through the mail. You can also ask someone to be an “agent” and pickup and deliver a ballot for you. You can only be an agent for 4 or fewer people.
Step 1: Fill out an application for an absentee ballot and return it to the County.
Step 2: The County will send the ballot to the voter.
Step 3: Voter completes the absentee ballot and returns it to the County.
If returning by mail, the ballot mustbe postmarked the day before the election or earlier.
If returning your own ballot in person, the ballot must be brought to the County Auditor by the day before the election.
When can I get an absentee ballot for this special election?
All other voters can obtain a ballot starting September 28.
Overseas and Military voters can obtain a ballot starting September 22.
Where do I vote on election day for the special election on the proposed sales tax?
All Wards and Precincts will vote at the Alerus Center, 1200 S. 42nd St.
Polls will be open from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 7, 2017
When is the special election on the proposed sales tax?
The special election on the proposed sales tax in Grand Forks is Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
Polls will be open from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
All Wards and Precincts will vote at the Alerus Center.
Are there self-haul options for residents or commercial/larger quantities?
The landfill has extended operating hours from Saturday, April 29th through Saturday May 6th (7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., excluding Sunday, April 30th) for self-hauling. Proof of residency such as a utility bill or driver’s license with current Grand Forks address will be required for reasonable household quantities at no charge during this week. Commercial or large quantities can be hauled to the landfill during this time or at any time of the year for a reasonable fee.
We have lots of trimming to do with our trees or whole trees to take down – will these go on clean up week?
While the City will collect small quantities of branch clippings, large tree trunks and branch piles are difficult to handle for the City crews on clean up week. It takes all of our crews and equipment the entire week to collect the miscellaneous items and household quantities in a timely manner. Large tree and branch removal projects are the responsibility of the homeowner and should be contracted with private contractors who provide that level of service and have the appropriate equipment to dedicate to the project. There are several tree removal companies in Grand Forks who can be of assistance under private contract.
What about residents who live in apartments?
If you live in an apartment and have things you would like the city to take during Spring Clean Up Week. The city asks that you place those items on the berm next to the street NOT by the dumpsters where you normally take your garbage. Crews work off the streets and alleys and will not pull into every parking lot for apartment complexes to pick up extra garbage during Spring Clean Up Week.
If you see your trash has been picked up…but your spring clean up stuff is still there, have your items been missed?
In addition to the regular refuse collection trucks, we have several pieces of equipment collecting various types of clean up week materials for proper disposal. Separation in collection provides for recycling of metals/appliances, etc. so items will be picked up in varied timelines by the type and purpose of the equipment.
What happens if you miss having things out (for Spring Clean up week) on your regular pickup day – is there any other way to dispose of things?
Any time of the year, our residents can simply call in to request an extra collection for as little as $25 minimum charge. This is a convenient service and the fee is set to encourage proper waste handling and disposal methods
Where & when do you put things for pickup during Spring Clean Up Week?
Place your items by 7:00 am on your regular garbage day. Place the items where you normally place your garbage can (whether on the berm or the alley). Please leave room around your garbage can so the trucks can pick up the can with the can. Different crews will be coming by to pick up your extra trash.
What about Computers/Electronics?
The City of Grand Forks Recycling program as part of our agreement with the City’s recycling contractor holds a free annual Electronics Recycling Collection Event for the City’s residents. On Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the City’s Public Works Facility will host the Electronics Recycling Collection drive-through full-service style event at 724 North 47th Street, in Grand Forks. Residents can bring one of each type of electronic item for recycling. For any larger quantities or businesses, please give us a call to make arrangements or get additional information for proper recycling/disposal.
The items will be taken to our contractor’s Material Recovery Facility in Wisconsin for processing and marketing of the valuable materials/components, and proper disposal for the hazardous waste such as lead and mercury that are common constituents associated with electronics.
Why is the sunset on the proposed sales tax 50 years?
The proposed sales tax is a multi-generational tax. Meaning that the money from this tax can be used on more than just what we need today. For example the New Water Treatment Plant is a facility that is expected to last for 50 years. The Red River Valley Water Supply project will provide water stability for the region in times of a drought for many years. Money brought in with this tax also allows the city to be more proactive in road development as opposed to reactive.
The money from this proposed sales tax is for big ticket items like the water treatment plant. Large projects like that take many years to pay off. Normally the pay off for large projects like this is 30 years. In order to get these bonds (loans) the city needs to prove they have a revenue source to cover the bond. This proposed tax gives the city the opportunity to go after those bonds.
A 50 year sunset to the tax gives officials the needed time to plan for the future and have the resources to cover our costs.
How does our current sales tax breakdown?
Our current 1.75% sales tax breaks down as follows:
1% goes to General Fund (49.5%), Infrastructure (30%), and Economic Development (20.5%)
.75% goes to the Alerus Center (this portion of the sales tax will sunset in 2029)
CLICK HERE for more information on our current sales tax.
Why do we need a new water treatment facility?
The current plant, located next to the river, has been providing clean, safe drinking water for 60 years. However, increasing future U.S. EPA regulations, limited footprint for expansion and new technology, and water quantity needs has necessitated a new regional water treatment facility to address these issues and other issues related to aging infrastructure be built in undeveloped area away from the river.
Who will oversee how the sales tax revenue is spent?
The City Council will review and approve infrastructure sales tax projects before any monies are appropriated.
What is the Red River Valley Water Supply Project?
The Red River Valley Water Supply project is a state backed project that secures supplemental water for the central and eastern side of the state during times of drought.
How much revenue is expected to be raised with a new sales tax?
The proposed infrastructure sales tax is projected to produce about $7.75 Million every year.
How long will the proposed sales tax last?
If passed the proposed infrastructure sales tax would end in April of 2067.
What can the proposed sales tax revenue be spent on?
The infrastructure sales tax can only be used for water infrastructure, specifically the New Regional Water Treatment Facility and Red River Valley Water Supply Project, and for street improvements and rehabilitation as well as extension projects.
How much of an increase is this sales tax proposal?
This sales tax proposal is an increase of .75% and will bring the city's total sales tax rate to 2.5%. So on a $100 purchase the sales tax rate would increase from $1.75 to $2.50.
Can this sales tax be used for a new library?
The proposed sales tax cannot be appropriated for a new library.When the library discussion is at the appropriate point to talk funding, this will be a community-wide decision outside the realm of this critical infrastructure sales tax.
What about paint and other household chemicals?
To dispose of waste paint, simply remove the lid, allow the paint to dry completely. To speed this process, add kitty litter, floor dry, sawdust, newspaper strips, and once dry, the paint cans can be bagged and go in with the trash on clean up week or any time throughout the year.
For other household quantities of cleaning items or various chemicals, please box them up, and call our office (738-8740) for further instructions and/or disposal options depending on the type of waste. We will assist with disposal recommendations on a case-by-case basis.
What won't the city take during spring clean up?
Because the process is paid for through our citizen's refuse fees, it is intended for reasonable household quantities related to spring cleaning. The City will not take commercial quantities, large residential construction projects or large piles of tree stumps/branches.
What can you throw away during Spring Clean Up Week?
Household quantities of bulky and household items - items at the end of their useful life, such as appliances, furniture, junk, etc.
Who do I contact if I have a traffic concern?
To report a concern or issue please Contact our Traffic Engineer Jane Williams at (701) 787-3720
What resources are availale for bicycle safety or bicycle routes?
For bicycle safety and bicycle route information, please click the link below.