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Published October 14, 2012, 10:06 PM

Diversion plans affect the Kindred School district

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Kindred School district is tens of thousands of dollars short this school year after property taxes in Oxbow dropped. School officials say the proposed diversion project is responsible, and now they are asking the Diversion Authority to make up the difference.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Kindred School district is tens of thousands of dollars short this school year after property taxes in Oxbow dropped. School officials say the proposed diversion project is responsible, and now they are asking the Diversion Authority to make up the difference.

Plans for a diversion South of Fargo have the Kindred School District worried about what it could cost them. Property taxes in Oxbow have already dropped twenty-percent, leaving the district with 76-thousand dollars to make up for this year.

Steve Hall/Superintendent: "Every taxpayer in our district is gonna have to pick that cost up."

Without that revenue, the school district plans to increase mills - putting the burden on taxpayers.

And if the plan goes through, it will have a widespread affect.

Hall: "We're talking 23% of our taxable valuation, and 120 students, which is about 19% of our student population."

The mayor of Oxbow has asked the Diversion Authority to make up the difference for the school district... to the tune of 53-thousand dollars.

The authority is discussing whether that is its responsibility.

Darrell Vanyo/Diversion Authority Chair: "To give Kindred School District them the monies may establish a precedent for future reductions through this whole process of building the diversion."

Because of the impact to the school district, officials do not support current diversion plans. They say there are other options out there that would have a much lighter impact.

But if the current plan goes through, they want to make sure that lost revenue comes from somewhere.

Hall: "We have asked that they make us whole. We have asked that the impacts that are brought on by this project, there should be some compensation."

School officials say a new ring dike proposal would also cost the district valuable property. But Diversion Authority Chair Darrell Vanyo says the high level of protection would be good for property values.

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