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Forum editorial: A dual ‘yes’ for sales tax in W. Fargo

West Fargo voters should approve a small increase in the city’s sales tax as a way to pay for roads, utilities and other public infrastructure. The proposed change from 6.5 to 7.5 percent is a painless way to keep ahead of the public works needs of a growing city.

The slightly higher tax will put West Fargo in the same sales tax bracket as Fargo. The playing field will be level, although there is no credible evidence that West Fargo’s lower sales tax is a factor in retail sales in the metro.

Revenues (about $3 million a year) will be used to help finance $120 million in new projects over 20 years. The need for reliance on special assessments and/or higher utility fee will be reduced.

Voters will be asked two questions. One is to amend the city charter to enable the change. The other is to raise the tax. Voters must vote on both.

They should say “yes” twice in order to keep pace with West Fargo’s growth.

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