Can’t Federal Funds Pay for These Projects?
Approximately $4.5M in federal funds are allocated annually to the Bismarck-Mandan
Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) which is then used for projects in Bismarck,
Mandan, Lincoln, Burleigh County and Morton County. Whereas in the past, Bismarck alone received approximately $2 million.
How Do We Pay for Roads Now?
A combination of local and federal funds. Special assessments fund local and collector roads while sales tax revenue matches federally funded arterial roadways.
Can We Fund Roads Another Way?
While there are other ways to fund infrastructure, The City’s Infrastructure Task Force did identify an additional half-cent sales tax as the most efficient and tolerable method. Other funding methods reviewed by the Infrastructure Task Force included the implementation of a local gas tax, increasing lot fees and raising utility fees.
Below is information on what would be required of those alternative infrastructure funding methods In order to generate $17 million, or slightly more than a year’s worth of sales tax revenue, to fund construction and reconstruction of major arterial roadways.
The City’s portion of your Property Taxes would have to be raised about 83% ($45/month increase on a home assessed at $250,000 or $17.85/month on each $100,000 of assessed value)
Increasing Lot Fees would result in an estimated $30,000 increase per lot to developers to fund a 1.5 mile urban arterial roadway (i.e. North Washington Street)
Funding methods that are not available for use in infrastructure funding, per the North Dakota Century Code, include: local gas tax, use of a utility fee and a local vehicle registration fee.