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Published March 19, 2012, 10:27 PM

Extension to half-cent sales tax will go to Fargo voters in June

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The extension of a half-cent sales tax will be decided by Fargo voters in June. City commissioners voted three to two to put the measure to a public vote. The proposed 20 year tax would be used for infrastructure and flood mitigation and would replace the current half cent tax set to expire in June.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

The extension of a half-cent sales tax will be decided by Fargo voters in June. City commissioners voted three to two to put the measure to a public vote. The proposed 20 year tax would be used for infrastructure and flood mitigation and would replace the current half cent tax set to expire in June.

Mayor Walaker says it is necessary to fund long-term street repair and flood projects. Commissioners Mike Williams and Dave Piepkorn both voted against the tax vote saying the city was rushing into its decision.

Dave Piepkorn – Fargo City Commission: “I will predict this will go down in flames. I think very well deserved. When we spend two weeks no matter what you say about it's been 10 years, we've spent two weeks discussing this. That is irresponsible.”

Dr. Tim Mahoney – Fargo City Commission: “Mr. Piepkorn, every year we look at needs of the city. This is not something that was not thought out. We have $350 million worth of infrastructure costs; there's not a question we have costs out there.”

A half-cent sales tax generates about $10 to $11 million per year. If the tax is passed, it'll go into effect in January.

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