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Published October 05, 2010, 12:35 PM

Group forms to oppose proposed sales tax to fund Fargo-Moorhead area flood diversion

A newly formed committee opposing Cass County’s proposed sales tax for flood control says it’s a “blind tax” with no identified project to fund.

A newly formed committee opposing Cass County’s proposed sales tax for flood control says it’s a “blind tax” with no identified project to fund.

Cass County residents will vote on the one-half percent sales tax Nov. 2.

The tax would be levied for up to 20 years and would generate an estimated $11 million annually to help pay for the local share of a Red River diversion for Fargo-Moorhead.

Former Fargo mayor Jon Lindgren, one of three chairmen of the new No Blind Tax Committee, said Tuesday the group believes the county is “flying blind” with the tax.

“It has no approved projects to spend money on, there’s no schedule for approval of projects, yet there is a huge amount of money that will be collected if this tax passes,” he said. “And we would rather wait until we know what the money is going to be used for before we approve a tax.”

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