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Byline: Elisa L. Rineheart
Feb. 14--For the third consecutive year, sales tax revenue has increased in the city of Grand Forks, which should help keep property taxes at bay, said John Schmisek, Grand Forks finance director.
Sales tax revenue went up 10 percent in 2005 compared with 2004.
"It's been pretty consistent over the years," Schmisek said. "We've had anywhere from 1.5 percent to 9 or 10 percent increases. Part of it is inflationary, but I think it is also a matter of just more and more activities in the city of Grand Forks that draw people in."
The city collected $14.6 million in 2005 compared with $13.2 million in the previous …