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Published December 09, 2009, 10:41 PM

EGF Mayor Vetoes Tax Increase

The Mayor of East Grand Forks kept a promise today and vetoed a tax increase. The council voted last week to approve an 8.3 percent increase in property taxes, but the mayor says no way.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss says he was surprised last week when the city council voted to approve an 8.3 percent hike in property taxes. He thought at a council work session just prior to council the increase would be just under five percent.

Mayor Lynn Stauss. "Evidently a number of council members were called to gain to support to the 8 point. I don't know what they said in the conversation. They left some council members out, The budget is too important to leave anyone out."

City council member Mike Pokryzywinski voted for the 8.3 tax increase, and doesn't agree with the mayor.

Mike Pokryzywinski: "Anyone who attended that meeting that was surprised that I voted the way I did, and Mr. Demers offered an amendment, to me wasn't paying attention."

Mayor Lynn Stauss. "Two-and-a-half months of discussion this should have been brought up a long time ago, it's just not the way it's done. Twenty some years of service, never seen a budget arrive at a budget this way. "

Stauss says he has enough votes on the council to make his veto stick. He says the council needs to look other things cut in the budget.

But he may have a fight on his hands with other council members.

Mike Pokryzywinski. "Looking forward into next years budget forecast, the news is not good. In that we better bite the bullet not put it off."