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Published August 23, 2011, 06:54 PM

Moorhead weighing funding options for flood protection

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The city of Moorhead could receive over $16 million from the state of Minnesota for flood mitigation.

The city of Moorhead could receive over $16 million from the State of Minnesota for flood mitigation. The catch is they need to come up with just over $4 million of there own money to get the grant. Some city council members would like to find a different way to come up with the funds from what they did last time they got flood money from the state.

Moorhead's last flood mitigation project was financed by a storm water fee and a tax levy on properties west of 20th street. The next round may be financed by more properties in the city. Businesses can not be included in a special levy and some members of city council think they, along with residents not near the river all benefit from flood prevention and should also contribute to funding.

A waste water fee of $1 to $2 a month would be place on all properties in the city, and with other financial burdens falling on the city from cuts to Local government aid another levy might be tough sell.

Nancy Otto – Moorhead City Council Member: “I don't believe that the citizens are really in the mood for an additional assessment at this point So I think we have to look at other sources for that funding.

New growth in the city over the last 10 years has also meant that this round of state aid is costing Moorhead nearly $3 million more than last time because its share is based on new 2010 census numbers. The cities population is up 18%.

The city council will consider funding options at there next council meeting this coming Monday.