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War Memorial Field replacement workshop

The City of Sandpoint is hosting its first community workshop to discuss the replacement field options at War Memorial and receive public input.  The workshop will be held Wednesday, April 12th, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at Sandpoint City Hall located at 1123 Lake Street in Sandpoint. 

City staff and representatives from SPVV Landscape Architects, will provide an update on the funding received to-date for the project through the Local Option Tax and construction timeline.  Field options, including natural, hybrid and artificial turf will be discussed.

Field replacement is not planned to begin for another year and is dependent upon the receipt of projected revenues through the Local Option Tax as approved by Sandpoint voters in November, 2015.  The City of Sandpoint’s 5-year Local Option Tax is directly tied to the State of Idaho’s sales tax statues.  With the recent passage of House Bill 67a, the Grocery Tax Repeal, Sandpoint stands to lose $1.2 million of the projected revenue for this project.  The construction of Barlow Stadium will be completed as promised, but the field replacement is in jeopardy with the loss of this funding stream.  The City received $1.2 million in funding through the Local Option Tax during the first year of the tax.  Approximately $400,000 of that amount was associated with grocery purchases.

Public input is requested on the field replacement and this will be the first in a series of workshops before a final decision is made by City Council considering the public input and availability of funding.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Stapleton, City Administrator, at (208) 265-1483 or jstapleton@sandpointidaho.gov.


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