Grand Forks Water Plant Funding

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Grand Forks has made formal application for 30-million dollars in state funding to help pay for the new water treatment plant. North Dakota lawmakers set aside the money in the state Water Commission budget this past legislative session. The state Water Commission is expected to take up the formal request at a meeting later this month. The funding is on top of the 30-million doled out by the state two years ago. Grand Forks is hoping to eventually achieve a 50-50 cost share for the 150-million dollar project. City Administrator Todd Feland says a third request for state funding could come during the 2019-21 biennium.

Grand Forks is paying the local share of construction through increased water rates – although a proposed sales tax to come before voters this fall could help fund a portion of the new plant.

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