Commanding General of the Corps visits Fargo-Moorhead
Local officials met with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lt. General Todd Semonite, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers this week. Lt. Gen. Semonite arrived in the area on Tuesday morning and spoke with Fargo Mayor Dr. Tim Mahoney, Moorhead Mayor Del Rae Williams, North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven and Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson. He also met with multiple members of the Flood Diversion Board of Authority.
Fargo & Cass County Voters asked to Vote on Sales Tax Extension
Fargo and Cass County Commissions have both, unanimously, approved resolutions placing sales tax extensions before voters this November. On Nov. 8, voters will be asked whether to extend existing flood-protection-related sales taxes. The sales tax rates would not change, only the year in which they expire would be altered. The flood protection dedicated sales taxes would provide a long-term funding source to for the construction of permanent flood protection for the area, including the FM Area Diversion Project. The sales taxes could not be used on anything other than flood protection efforts; after which the taxes would cease collections.
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FAQ: Why is sales tax the preferred funding source for flood protection?
Sales taxes are paid by all those who visit, shop, or take advantages of the services within the County and City. Because Fargo and Cass County are economic centers that serve a large geography (including visitors from Canada), the use of sales tax is a fair way to fund infrastructure such as flood protection, versus charging the residents alone.