City Council Approves ARPA Funding Plans, Referendum and Sonnentag Agreement | Eye On Clear Water

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CLEAR WATER (WQOW) – At Tuesday’s meeting, the Eau Claire City Council approved recommendations on how to spend millions of dollars in Covid relief funds.

The city was considering where to allocate more than $13.5 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. City Manager Stephanie Hirsch said the main purpose of the money was to focus on two key areas. First, to fill gaps in the city’s capital or operating budget, and two, to meet community needs, especially those intensified by the pandemic.

City councilors also voted on Tuesday to allow a referendum on the Eau Claire ballot papers in November. The referendum will ask residents to have their property taxes raised to give the city more money to provide community services.

The proposed tax levy would raise an additional $1 million to $1.8 million, but the resolution does not say how much more individuals would pay in property taxes.

Now that the referendum is moving forward, residents will vote in the November elections. The exact language of the referendum question will be offered to councilors to vote on at their July 26 meeting.

Eau Claire councilors also approved a resolution to enter into a development agreement with Blugold Real Estate and the Eau Claire Community Complex for the Sonnentag Event Center project. The Sonnentag Center will replace the aging Zorn Arena at UW-Eau Claire. Ground was broken on the complex in April.

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