BISMARCK, N.D. — A sales tax hike or a different funding source to pay for roughly $250 million in road projects for Bismarck won’t make it onto the November ballot, according to Mayor Mike Seminary.
Nobody tried to lead the effort, and it’s too late now to get a proposal on the ballot, Seminary told the Bismarck Tribune (http://bit.ly/2bOyakn ). He said the city still must find a sustainable funding mechanism to pay for road projects.
“It’s not going to a vote this year. We are waiting to see what the leaders in the community would like,” Seminary said. “We’ll be talking about it at an upcoming commission meeting. We need to take a pause, come up with a good plan. We have a lot of discussion. We’ll be dealing with it at the commission table.”
Bismarck requires about $250 million for its 10-year infrastructure plan. Survey responses about road funding options from three public meetings over the summer were light.
Bismarck City Finance Commissioner Steve Marquardt said the city commission should have a more defined discussion on prioritizing and funding road projects.
“I don’t think there will be a vote in November or 2017 unless there is a special election,” Marquardt said.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com