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Posted on: September 27, 2022

[ARCHIVED] City of West Fargo proposing increasing sales tax by one-half percent on November ballot

Public Safety Sales Tax alert

The City of West Fargo is asking voters if it should increase the sales and use tax by one-half of a percent (0.5%) to be used exclusively for police and fire, operations, equipment and buildings on the November ballot.

The West Fargo Police and Fire Departments' budgets are two of the largest budgets in the City of West Fargo that are funded with property taxes. The City is proposing to increase sales tax by one-half of a percent (0.5%) to diversify these public safety departments' funding.

The purpose of the proposed sales tax increase is to:

  • Share costs with visitors who utilize public safety services but don't pay property taxes.
  • Provide an additional revenue stream for public safety departments, currently dependent on property taxes for funding.
  • Keep the capital infrastructure sales tax fund more targeted:

This will appear on West Fargo voters' ballots as City Measures No. 1 & No. 2. A yes vote on both questions means you are in favor of increasing the sales and use tax by one-half of a percent (0.5%) to be used exclusively for police and fire operations, equipment and buildings. A no vote on either question, or both questions, means you are not in favor of increasing the sales and use tax.

Ballot Questions for Public Safety Sales Tax

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