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Z..'- = r...: -- < L. O SINGLE COPY $1.00 ISSUE NUMBER 41 PARK RIVER, NORTH DAKOTA WEDNESDAY APRIL 18, 201 2 f Photos: Larry Biri Top Left: Waylon Enget takes the breathalyzer test administered to all participants of the Park River Prom. Prin- cipal James Lehman issued the test which was passed by all. Many area schools are Using the test as a pre- cautionary tool. Bot- tom Left: Captain and Tennile? Frank Vondra tips his hat to the crowd as he escorts his date Amber Martin down the runway at the Park River Prom. Bottom right: The Coy- ote hat worn by Lee Jelinek caught the eye of his date Jillian Skjordal atthe Park River Prom Saturday. By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- Monday, April 9, the Park River Park Board held a meet- ing that was anything but rou- tine. On the schedule for discussion was the closure of the largest of the three swim- ming pools in Park River. According to the board members, the pool has been hemorrhaging money in recent years. The pool, which boasts two diving boards and depths to 12 feet, has a leak and though it is possible to refill the pool, to compensate, they said, the cost to heat, add chemicals, and employ the necessary staff is outweighing its usage. The board planned to dis- cuss the potential short term closing of the pool to save Pool clo ure Co, lmL, pa :g;,e,5 By Allison Olimb of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- A community taskforce with the goal of keeping the Park River swimming pool operating with three pools held their first meeting on April 16. Their goal is to raise funds to help cover the operating loss of all the pools for the current year. The Park River Park Board has been discussing closing the big pool, which has a leak and has been a source of ad- ditional financial loss for the district, in order to look to the future. The meeting consisted of 17 people who are attempting to meet the short-term goal of maintain the pool's operations as is. Lori Seim, one of the committee chairs, has been re- searching fundraiser options, grants and other opportunities for matching funds for this Park River project. "We need to raise a chunk of money to show the park board that there is interest to keep it open this year," she said focusing on what needs to be done now. The group discussed a variety of fundraiser ideas that Pool ras&force Co, vzt, pa:g, e 6 I Measunre 2 ll ad es oenl er " " one of GRAFTON, N.D. -- Depending on who you ask, June 12 of this year may very well be named the new D-Day if proposed Initiated Con- stitutional Measure No, 2 is allowed to pass by a statewide majority vote. The City of Grafton organized and hosted an informational meeting discussing Initiated Con- stitutional Measure No. 2 on Monday, April 9 at the Graflon High School Library. The general discussion was attended by 36 people and included a panel of experts and a moderator. Not acting in their official capaci- ties but as taxpayers, concerned citizens and prop- erty owners, Connie Sprynczynatyk, N.D. League of Cities; Chris Lipsh, City of Grafton; Luther Meberg, Walsh County; Bill Dahl, Grafton Parks and Recreation; and Jack Maus, Graflon Public Schools brought their knowledge of their organizations with them to the meeting and fielded questions from moderator Todd Morgan, Walsh County Record. Measure 2 handouts were given to the crowd in order to perpetuate a basic understanding of the proposed change to the state constitution. This petition is an "initiated measure [that] would amend sections 1,4, 14, 15, and 16 of article X of the North Dakota Constitution and repeal sec- tions 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 of that same article, elim- inating property taxes, poll taxes and acreage tax- es, effective January 1, 2012. The measure would replace the lost revenues with allocations of various state-level taxes and other revenues, without restrictions on how there revenues may be spent." It was determined during the 90-minute dis- cussion how many cents on the dollar of local entities budgets of are made up of property tax- es: fifty-five cents - Grafton Schools; sixty cents - Grafton Parks and Rec; six cents - City of Grafton; and forty-one cents - Walsh County. : The main points of the meeting were deter- mining how much in property tax is collected each year across the state and how that amount is to be recouped. According to Sprynczynatyk, a fiscal note was received from state tax office that estimated the 2012 property tax collection would be a little more than $812 million. That report came from Kathy Strombeck of the state tax commission- er's off~ce. Sprynczynatyk also stressed to the group that Measure 2 is a constitutional amendment. 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