City of Bismarck looking for new ways to fund road projects

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Expanding and maintaining roads in Bismarck will get a little harder as the city needs to find a new way to fund projects. The Infrastructure Task Force and Special Assessment Task Force met Monday to see what the next step is.

City leaders say they will spend more than $200 million over the next 10 years in development and $18 million this year on maintenance. Those leaders say a law passed last session prevents them from creating a street maintenance tax, limiting how the city can move forward.

“We're left with three tools as a community in order to fund our road infrastructure: property taxes, sales taxes, and special assessments,” said Bismarck-Mandan Development Association President Brian Ritter.

The city discussed the possibility of raising property taxes or the sales tax, but the voters would need to approve a sales tax increase.

The sales tax proposal would raise from 1 to 2 cents. If the city were to raise the mill levy, they could generate $370,000 per mill according to City Commissioner Nancy Guy.