Minot City Council talks budget and future finances

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MINOT, N.D. - \Funding for major water projects around the Souris Valley is impacting how Minot city leaders craft next year's budget.

The alderman gathered with other city leaders tonight to discuss the 2020 preliminary budget.

The local share for the Northwest Area Water Supply Project or NAWS is $25 million short. Projections show the city needs more money to finish the major flood control plan. It's also behind on repairing the backlog of maintenance projects throughout the city.

However, city manager Tom Barry says this budget puts Minot in a good position.

“This budget does a good job of allowing us to move through this next year comfortably, without any kind of major changes. It gives us time to work on those other options in order to advance some solutions,” Barry said.

The council will hold their first public hearing on the budget on September 16th at 5:30 p.m. at city hall.