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Published August 15, 2012, 01:20 PM

Ward County commissioners want November sales tax vote

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Ward County commissioners are asking voters to decide whether the county should impose a ½-percent sales tax.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Ward County commissioners are asking voters to decide whether the county should impose a ½-percent sales tax.

The commissioners voted Wednesday to put the question on the November ballot.

The tax would finance almost $40 million worth of construction. The list includes a county office building, an expansion of the Ward County jail, courthouse renovations and public works projects.

If voters endorse the sales tax, it will take effect Jan. 1. It has an expiration date of Dec. 31, 2022.

Ward County is seeking to become the fifth North Dakota county to levy a sales tax. Cass, Steele, Walsh and Williams counties already do. More than a hundred North Dakota cities levy a local sales tax.

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