Opportunity to vote for community’s future coming soon

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal

Residents here will have the opportunity on Tuesday, Oct. 7, to approve a half-cent city sales tax that would help fund a new Community Wellness Center and Events Center.

Community partners have put together a $23.5 million proposal to build a Wellness Center on the campus of Lake Region State College, and to turn the previous Walmart building into a multi-use Events Center. Partners on the project include the City of Devils Lake, the Devils Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lake Region State College, Ramsey County, Forward Devils Lake and the Devils Lake Park Board.

“It’s amazing to have all of these community entities come together to voice their support for such an important project,” said Rachel Lindstrom, executive director of Forward Devils Lake.

“The Community Wellness Center and Events Center will improve the overall quality of life for our residents. We believe this project is vital to the continued long-term growth and success of Devils Lake.”

The new half-cent city sales tax would be applied in the same manner as the current 2 percent city sales tax. Devils Lake city ordinance exempts new farm machinery and new farm irrigation equipment from city sales tax; those exemptions will not change. The maximum city sales tax of $25 on any single transaction would also continue to be in effect. The proposed half-cent sales tax would include all current state exemptions.

Residents can vote from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Memorial Building.

More information about the project can be found at www.devilslakecenters.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DevilsLake Centers