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Published October 20, 2010, 12:00 AM

Diversion tax gets Chamber endorsement

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Cass County’s proposed half-cent sales tax to fund a Red River diversion and other flood control projects.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Cass County’s proposed half-cent sales tax to fund a Red River diversion and other flood control projects.

“We need to protect our neighborhoods and business corridors in order to plan for economic growth and for our future,” chamber President and CEO Craig Whitney said in a news release. “To allow our community to remain vulnerable to the physical and emotional toll extracted by a major flood, or the financial and economic devastation that can occur as temporary dikes fail, is not acceptable.”

Cass County voters will decide on the 20-year sales tax on Nov. 2. It would raise an estimated $11 million annually.

Earlier this year, the chamber endorsed a 35,000-cubic-feet-per-second diversion. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates it would cost $1.46 billion, which would be shared by federal, state and local entities.

The chamber’s news release also notes the corps estimates the damages of a 100-year flood event to be in excess of $5 billion.

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