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Minot running low on money for flood protection project

MINOT, N.D. -- Minot will need more money to continue its property acquisitions for the Mouse River Enhanced Flood Protection Project, according to information provided the Minot City Council Monday, May 7.

"We are watching our funds dwindle quickly," City Manager Tom Barry said.

The city's acquisition funds currently are coming from the National Disaster Resilience Program. The city has spent $6.4 million from the program on property acquisitions for flood protection, leaving $3.9 million remaining in that account. It has spent $1.44 million on relocations, leaving just under $5.77 million, and has spent $198,507 on demolitions, leaving $2.2 million.

Barry said the city will ask the 2019 North Dakota Legislature for more money for acquisitions.

"We are short about $8 to $10 million, just for the current acquisitions that we will need for flood control. So this is a priority for us," he said. "The more of these properties we take off of the tax rolls, the more of a financial hit that is for the city as well. So far, we have taken off almost $40 million worth of tax value by acquiring properties throughout the city. This, of course, places a bigger burden on those properties that remain, particularly as it relates to continuing to finance flood control and other operational costs."

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