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Published February 15, 2012, 09:23 PM

Near-record Sales Tax Collections Make GF a Destination City

$2 million collected in December
GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Retail and restaurant business is booming in Grand Forks, sales tax collections in December were the second highest on record.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Retail and restaurant business is booming in Grand Forks, sales tax collections in December were the second highest on record.

Grand Forks took in more than $2 million in February, which represents sales tax collected for the month of December.

The city can thank those who came from out-of-town to shop, especially Canadians.

And now that multiple new restaurants have opened, Grand Forks has become a destination city.

"More people are coming into town, wining, dining, using our services and shopping in our stores," said Grand Forks Budget Officer, Maureen Storstad.

This year, sales tax revenue is six times higher than last year, and it marks the third time tax collection has made the top 10 list. The holiday season, warm weather, and sporting events have given people a reason to come to town.

"Lot of times where we're going to see a lot of people from coming out of town we've got a lot of canadian traffic we've got a lot of people that are coming in for hockey tournaments, soon with the class B basketball team," said Pizza Ranch Manager, Matt Slater.

New restaurants like Pizza Ranch and Fuji have had booming business sales. Fuji offers a different experience than other restaurants in town, combining entertainment with dining.

"Instead of dinner and a movie, you come in here and you get dinner and a live show," said Fuji Manager, John Cho.

And an increase in money spent around the city can only mean good things for Grand Forks. Among other things, that money will then be used to help repair streets and sidewalks that may need fixing.

"A big chunk of sales tax goes for the general fund which is your police and fire, another portion goes towards your infrastructure projects, your big street projects," said Storstad.

Although we're only in February, the city says 2012 is going to be a top year for sales tax, which can only mean one thing.

"Shows there's people out and about. There's growth in our city," said Storstad.

In 2011 the sales tax collected was more than $17 million, an increase from 2010 by nearly $1 million.

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