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A refined definition of a community facility has been submitted to Minot City Council for review.

Mayor Curt Zimbelman appointed a citizens committee to review the definition in order to best use the facility sales tax dollars.

Facility Sales Tax accounts for 30 percent of the one cent sales tax that was redirected from the NAWS project in 2011.

Community feedback indicated that the definition of a 'community facility' was unclear pertaining to non-profit groups.

The definition was rewritten to stress the need for projects to partner with political subdivisions for consistent management.

(Brekka Kramer, Citizens Committee Chair, Facility Sales Tax) "We feel very strongly that we're moving in the right direction with this definition. We talk about fulfilling the community need and that it should be owned and operated by a political subdivision. The non-profit groups, if they are to be eligible, they need to partner with the political subdivision and not stand alone as a non-profit project."

The committee will also present the recommendation that there should be one application deadline so that the approximate $3.9 million can be dispersed only after all the information has been received.

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