Fargo Sales Tax Increase, 2009

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There was a Fargo Sales Tax Increase on the June 30 ballot in Cass County for voters in the city of Fargo.

This measure sought to increase the sales tax of the city to 7 percent, which is a half-cent increase.

The sales tax increase was approved.[1]

  • Yes: 11,520 (90.7%) Approveda
  • No: 1,181 (9.3%)

According to city officials the tax is predicted to produce $10 million in revenue annually. In 20 years, the lifespan of the tax increase, the city estimates that they will receive a total of $200 million. The funds will help pay for a variety of flood control measures throughout the city in light of the flood damage caused in early 2009.[2] According to the resolution the goal of any project that utilizes the tax funds should be for 500-year flood protection for the city. In a unanimous vote the ballot measure and resolution were approved by the city council on April 27,2009.[3]

The measure had to be approved by 60 percent or more of voters. Since the tax increase was approved, it will take effect January 1, 2010.[4]

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