State of ND Releases Annual Comprehensive Financial Report Showing Strong Position

BISMARCK, N.D. – The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) today released the 2022 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR) for the period from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. “The 2022 North Dakota ACFR shows the state in a strong financial position heading into this fiscal year,” said Office of Management and Budget Director Joe

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Billings enters the design phase for a downtown street conversion project

Designs for a downtown Billings makeover are underway. A big part of the project includes a traffic conversion from 1-way streets to 2-way streets that are safer for pedestrians and better for commerce. What’s especially interesting is how Billings plans to pay for the improvements; it’s with a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF). Why does

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Minot-area water projects get hearing

Minot’s water projects are front and center priorities this legislative session, as they have been for the past several sessions. At stake is state funding for shares of the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project and the Northwest Area Water Supply project. State dollars are needed to keep the projects moving. Thursday, Mayor Tom Ross

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North Dakota legislative budget writers adopt early revenue forecast

How our legislators build the state budget depends a whole bunch on how much money they think they’ll have. How do they that out? They forecast. It’s tricky business because it depends on predicting things like oil prices and sales tax revenues and other factors that tend toward volatility. Nonetheless, the revenue forecast that will

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Bill funding construction of career tech education centers passes House committee

A bill to speed up the construction of planned technical education centers around the state is advancing through the legislature. House Bill 1199 authorizes a Bank of North Dakota line of credit to the tune of ~$68 million. The amount is equal to the American Rescue Plan Act dollars that are earmarked for the purpose

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Minot City Council approves recycling fees

Citywide recycling is coming to Minot on July 17, and when it arrives, you’ll have a one-time two-month opportunity to opt out, otherwise, you’ll incur a $2.50 per month extra charge on your sanitation bill.  That’s the current story on Minot’s recycling plan that’s expected to reduce the amount of waste landfilled annually by approximately

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County Commission Acts on Ag Land Tax Increases, SW Minot Bypass Advance, and Recreation Trail

An agricultural land tax increase, the bypass for SW Minot, and the recreational trail between Minot and Burlington were all topics for the Ward County Commission on Tuesday. The commission voted to increase ag land tax, the SW bypass is moving toward a feasibility study, and the recreational trail is going to get some improvements.

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Oil Production: January Director’s Cut and November Production Numbers

North Dakota’s Director of the Department of Mineral Resources, Lynn Helms and the Director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority, Justin Kringstad Director deliver a monthly webcast providing updates on the state’s oil production trends. January’s report with data through November is available below. November numbers reflect an approximate 2% decline, due by assumption to

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Inflation, salary increases top university presidents’ agenda before House Appropriations committee

Yesterday, Minot State’s budget request and enrollment were in the news. Today, it’s the same story from around the State. Several of the state’s university presidents were in front of the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, January 11, to share what’s happening on their campuses and their funding needs. The story is similar to Minot’s.

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East Grand Forks City Council reviews proposed sales tax for upgrades to city’s recreational facilities

How does a place pay for the nice things it wants like parks and playgrounds? Taxes. And in East Grand Forks, the City Council is contemplating adding a sales tax to pay for adding and upgrading recreational facilities. The question on the tax isn’t if, it’s how much? And the answer is going to be

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Amid Budget Request, Minot State Enrollment Trending Down With Possible Silver Linings Locally

Minot State’s student enrollment has been trending down in recent years, but there’s an emerging silver lining — local numbers are up. Current enrollment shows 2,167 students with significant growth in freshman students from NW North Dakota. Jill Schramm with the Minot Daily News has the full story including comments from MSU President Dr. Steve

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North Dakota lawmakers weigh income, property tax cut bills

The State of North Dakota’s budget surplus is among the reasons Governor Burgum and legislators are signaling tax relief, but there’s no consensus yet on what it should look like. Jack Dura and Jeremy Turley, in a joint news story between The Bismarck Tribune and Forum News Services, have the details on the property tax

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Deadline approaches for homestead & disabled veteran tax relief

The deadline to apply for two property tax relief programs is approaching. Jill Schramm has the program details on the Disabled Veteran & Homestead Tax credits at The Minot Daily News.

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NDSU to reconsider cuts to equine science program after petition gets over 4,000 signatures

Who says citizens and students can’t make a difference? NDSU’s Agriculture Department is reconsidering a decision to cut a position after a well-organized, respectful effort provided some direct comment on the issue. Get the full story from C.S. Hagen writing at

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Sask. Provincial Tax Changes Redistribute Property Tax Burden

Our provincial neighbors to the North changed their tax code, and it’s creating a headache for rural municipalities. The change was simple, the province lowered the rate at which certain commercial properties could be taxed. It was a win for some businesses, and a loss for others. But there’s an important underlying factor at play;

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City Council Agenda, August 19, 2019

Minot City Council will meet Monday, August 19th, 4:15 pm at the Minot Municipal Auditorium to consider the agenda below. City Council meetings are open to the public or can be viewed on the City’s Youtube channel here or Facebook page here. 1. ROLL CALL 2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 3. BUDGET REVIEW QUESTION-AND-ANSWERS SESSION OF

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