N.D. communities vote on wide variety of measures
A number of measures were on the ballot in area communities.
Following are results:
Residents of Watford City voted to renew a sales tax that sunsets in September and increase the city’s sales tax from 1 percent to 1.5 percent, which would raise $4 million to $5 million a year to fund proposed projects including a hospital, clinic and nursing home expansion and a community center. The vote was 364 (85.25 percent) yes and 63 (14.5 percent) no.
Stanley and Mountrail County
Residents of Stanley approved a measure, 208-52 (80 percent/20 percent) to continue an existing 1.5 percent sales tax for another six years. The Mountrail County Medical Center gets half a percent, and the remainder goes largely for economic development but also for municipal improvements, recreational improvements and library.
A measure asking residents living in the proposed Stanley Rural Ambulance Service District to approve a levy of up to 10 mills to create the district passed 316-67. The district would include Palermo, Blaisdell, Stanley, Ross and the rural area in those vicinities. The district likely would initially levy only 3 or 4 mills of the 10 mills allowed.
A measure to add a second 1 percent sales tax for general infrastructure improvements and associated debt received 279 (59.62 percent) yes votes and 189 (40.38 percent) no votes. The existing 1 percent sales tax is dedicated to economic development.
Residents cast 753 (68.64 percent) yes votes and 344 (31.36 percent) no votes on a measure to increase the tax levy for historical work in the county. The existing levy generates about $7,270 a year for the Geographical Center Historical Society for historic preservation at Prairie Village Museum in Rugby. The measure required 60 percent approval to pass.
A measure to continue a 1 percent sales tax for economic development and infrastructure improvements received 222 (82.5 percent) yes votes and 47 (17.47 percent) no votes.