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West Fargo Sales Tax Increase to be used for Infrastructure Projects

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  Voters approved a sales tax increase in West Fargo on Tuesday night, raising it from 6.5% to 7.5%. That extra one cent will give the city an additional $3 million dollars a year for infrastructure projects.

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ity administrator Jim Brownlee says in the short term, that money will go toward working on a new sewage lagoon, another water tower, and digging more water wells. In the long term, the money will be used to fund reconstruction projects on some of the main roads, and possibly, a water treatment plant for the city.

The sales tax increase will bring approximately $120 million dollars to the city over 20 years.

"We'll still be a little short, but this will certainly help alleviate the pressure on special assessments or utility rates by having  this extra revenue source available to pay for those core infrastructure projects."

Though it is being discussed, one thing not included in plans yet is a water treatment plant for the growing city.  The city currently uses a well system and water is treated at the well head and then dumped into the West Fargo aquifer. 

Brownlee says as the city continues to grow, they are looking for another water source, but don't know yet if that source will be a water treatment plant.

"We're studying two options right now. One is build your own water plant and the other is having some discussions with Fargo about.. is there enough capacity in Fargo's plant that we can connect with Fargo and they can supply our water."

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rownlee says it will be up to the state water commission and the city commission to decide whether or not a water treatment plant is the right option. He expects that decision to be made within a year and estimates work beginning within six to seven years.

If you want to know more about the projects that will be completed using the money from the sales tax increase, the city of West Fargo has details listed on their website.  Click on the link to the right of this story to take a look.  
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