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Published June 16, 2009, 11:29 AM

Wahpeton moves vote on flood protection sales tax

WAHPETON, N.D. - The city of Wahpeton has moved back the vote for a half-cent sales tax increase to help pay for flood-related expenses and infrastructure.

By: By Heidi Shaffer, INFORUM

WAHPETON, N.D. - The city of Wahpeton has moved back the vote for a half-cent sales tax increase to help pay for flood-related expenses and infrastructure.

The city council determined Monday that the special election vote will be moved from June 23 to August 18 to allow more time to examine the project, said Darcie Huwe, financial director for the city.

The city is working with the Army Corps of Engineers on a $19 million permanent flood protection plan to be completed by 2010.

The city is responsible for $6.8 million of the project, a number that cannot be met at current sales tax rates, Huwe said.

“Flood control is something we’ve waited a long time for,” Huwe said. “So far it’s paid back probably three times what we spent on it, so it’s been a very good investment for us.”

The sales tax will raise an additional $436,000 a year for the next 20 years or until all flood costs are paid, Huwe said.

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