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Published September 24, 2013, 02:28 PM

Court weighs Bismarck tax increment finance district

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has heard an appeal on how Bismarck uses its tax increment finance district.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has heard an appeal on how Bismarck uses its tax increment finance district.

It's Curly Haugland's second appeal against the city after a district court ruling favored the city after Haugland sued over of its 34-year-old district.

Bismarck intends to use the TIF funds to pay for a $13 million parking ramp under construction at Sixth Street and Thayer Avenue and future quiet rail protection projects.

Haugland first sued the city in 2010 claiming its use of TIF funds to pay for renewal projects violated the state law. The state Supreme Court ruled that state urban renewal laws were constitutional.

The Bismarck Tribune reports in his latest appeal, Haugland argues that Bismarck didn't comply with requirements in 1994 for modifying its urban renewal plan.

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