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Published December 05, 2012, 10:55 AM

Western North Dakota oil country may benefit from budget

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Western North Dakota's oil-producing counties would get a greater share of oil tax revenue under Gov. Jack Dalrymple's budget proposal.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Western North Dakota's oil-producing counties would get a greater share of oil tax revenue under Gov. Jack Dalrymple's budget proposal.

The plan also includes almost $1 billion for road work in the region, including money for truck bypass routes and interchanges.

Oil counties now get a share of state oil taxes, but their percentage is gradually reduced as the amounts get bigger.

Dalrymple's spending plan says the amount of oil money local governments get should double, to $521 million over two years.

They'll get the first $5 million in tax collections, and then get a constant 25 percent of the oil taxes after that.

The budget includes $300 million for four-lane highway projects. One proposal is to make U.S. Highway 85 a four-lane road between Williston and Watford City.

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