The Little Falls City Council is proceeding with another go at a local option sales tax in the city.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Council approved spending up to $13,000 to have Contegrity plan and develop concepts and estimate costs for projects that would be funded by a local option sales tax.

Contegrity will bill the city on an ongoing basis, at a rate of $95 per hour, up to the limit of $13,000.

The process would give the city different options to present to residents to see what direction the city should go, City Administrator Jon Radermacher said.

“We would have something for them to look at and give their input on so we could hone in on a direction,” he said.

Alderman Brad Hircock and Councilman James Storlie asked if public meetings on the issue would be part of the process.

Part of the services would be having the company assist with informational meetings on the options for the public, Radermacher said.

The options that are being looked into based on conversations with the Council include a splash pad, community center and BMX facility, Radermacher said.

The design process will help provide more details on what these options could look like, he said.

“A community center isn’t just a community center. What is the core structure in there and what are the ancillary pieces that will be added to it?” Radermacher said. “You have different scopes and scales of options.”

The city will also need to take these plans to the State Legislature.

Unlike in previous years, the state is requiring that the Legislature approve the plan before it goes before the public at a referendum on the general election ballot.

It will be a tight schedule to get something ready for the Legislature by the start of the session in February 2020, Radermacher said.

The Council approved hiring Contegrity for the services 7-0. Councilwoman Raquel Lundberg was absent.

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