- Associated Press - Thursday, April 6, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Minot-area residents will need to find as much as $400 million to pay the local share of two major water projects in coming years, according to city officials.

The city’s existing half-cent tax for flood control won’t be enough to complete the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection and the Northwest Area Water Supply projects, Minot public works director Dan Jonasson said Wednesday.

The city has started looking at its existing sales tax structure to find more money for the flood control, but Jonasson said a sales tax needs to be seriously considered.

“That $400 million number represents the top end, but it’s something I feel is prudent to plan for,” said Ryan Ackerman, administrator for the Souris River Joint Board. “For the flood control, the $400 million includes no participation from the federal government, which we are constantly trying to secure.”

The estimated cost of the entire basin-wide project is at about $1 billion, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2oHEwMN ) reported. The first four phases of the flood protection project would cost Minot $325 million. A funding bill in the state Legislature would cover $193 million.

About $213 million is remaining to pay the Northwest Area Water Supply for costs, including a biota treatment plant near Max. The local share of the cost would be $76 million.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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