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Published January 20, 2014, 09:24 PM

City Officials say the proposed sales tax increase in West Fargo could be a good thing, but not everyone is keen on the idea

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A proposed sales tax increase in West Fargo could pinch some residents’ pocket books - with a hike from 6.5% to 7.5%

West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A proposed sales tax increase in West Fargo could pinch some residents’ pocket books - with a hike from 6.5% to 7.5%

City Officials say the increase could be a possible solution to the city's rapid growth and infrastructure needs. But not everyone is keen on that idea.

The owner of Sheyenne Appliance says all he can do it hope that his repeat customers will continue to be just that - repeat - even if there is a tax hike.

It's been a known name for buying big ticket purchases - for more than 30-years, Sheyenne Appliance.

Bud Kerbaugh/Owner, Sheyenne Appliance: "A lot of repeat business because we've been in business for so long."

and Owner, Bud Kerbaugh, is hoping that theory holds true.

Especially if there's a tax hike.

Kerbaugh: "Nobody likes to have sales tax put on a large purchase after they've made it".

The last time West Fargo saw a tax hike was in the 1990's.

They'd been able to hold steady at 6.5 percent - instead of Fargo's 7.5 percent.

Jim Brownlee/West Fargo City Administrator: "the new ordinance change is that one cent would be dedicated to new infrastructure projects only."

Well it may seem like a minor increase to some -

"well if you spend 100-dollars, it's an extra buck."

Kerbaugh has enjoyed offering the better deal in town.

Kerbaugh: "we're a smaller business and every little bit helps from that stand point"

But City Administrator, Jim Brownlee, says something has to give. Either people pay more for specials, like streets and sewer lines in newer developments, or the entire city is taxed.

Brownlee: "you're going to pay for the improvement one way or another, the citizens will pay."

Brownlee says within the next year alone upwards of $50,000,000 is expected for infrastructure projects - and that number is only expected to grow.

You can expect changes on Main Avenue - More Sewer Lagoons - the widening of Sheyenne Street and a new intersection at 32nd Avenue and 40th Street.

The proposed tax hike will be formally brought up at next month's commission meeting - February 3rd.

If they approve the ordinance it will be put on the June ballot - giving you at home, a chance to vote.

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