Task force works to fund Bismarck's roads

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The first meeting of a new combined task force was working Monday to pay for Bismarck's roads without raising taxes.

The infrastructure task force and special assessment task force are now working together to find solutions to a funding problem. Though they say that the only tools currently available to them are raising sales or property taxes, an option not popular with anyone.

"The legislature with what they passed this session, those are the only tools that we're allowed to use. It would be nice to pull back some local control maybe, and have our state legislators trust our city leaders to make some decisions that's best for our community," said Bismarck City Commissioner Shawn Oban.

Monday they moved to work with the league of cities to remove the legislation that is restricting them.