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Sibley County Public Works director presents information on a proposed 5 cent sales tax

8/15/2019

By Amy Newsom
Correspondence

Sibley County Public Works Director Tim Becker presented information to County Commissioners from a report prepared by the Minnesota Transportation Alliance.  The report shows possible options for local transportation funding for Minnesota counties.  


Becker estimated that just to keep up with short-term repairs to county roads it will cost about $18 million or $3.6 million each year just for overlays.  He stated that right now the county collects the $10 wheelage tax which amounts to $154,730 per year.  This could be doubled to $20 to bring in about $300,000 per year.  Becker stated that the county also collects $33,833 in aggregate taxes.

 
Another possible funding option is to collect a five cent sales tax.  Becker said 48 counties use sales tax.

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County has no official comment on another Gaylord TIF district

8/15/2019

By Amy Newsom
Correspondent

The Sibley County Board held its regular meeting in Gaylord on Tuesday morning, Aug. 13.


County Auditor Marilee Peterson presented the County Board with Gaylord’s proposed TIF district 6-2 (townhomes).  The TIF district is for the proposed Wolverine Meadows and Pond Meadows Addition.  According to the report from Northland Public Finance the estimated future market value of the project will be $4,023,160 with a proposed 15-year TIF district with captured tax increment financing of $1,203,869.

 
Peterson said Gaylord would have to satisfy income requirements with this TIF district and offer a certain number of apartments to those with incomes below the median county income.


County Commissioner Bill Pinske said the County does not have any input into the matter anyway.

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Arlington loses prospective business and 14 jobs

8/15/2019

By Kurt Menk
Editor

The City of Arlington is disappointed to announce that the efforts to accommodate FEN Biotech in Arlington have been unsuccessful.


FEN Biotech wanted to occupy a warehouse on the former Seneca Foods property for hemp processing.
FEN Biotech planned to dry, store and extract CBD oil from hemp. Hemp, not to be mistaken with marijuana because of significant lower THC level, is a new agricultural product just recently approved for Minnesota. The initial plan of FEN Biotech was to dry the hemp by applying hot air, store it within the facility and extract the CBD oil on site through a proprietary process.


Officials from the City of Arlington and FEN Biotech, after repeated meetings and correspondence, were unable to reach an agreement on what type of building improvements and conditions were needed to make the endeavor a reality.

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