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North Dakota cities set to get infrastructure funding

November 24, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cities across North Dakota are set to get the first distribution of new state infrastructure funding next month.

The Bismarck Tribune reports the 2019 Legislature passed “Operation Prairie Dog,” which created several state funds filled every two years with up to $250 million of oil tax revenue. The money is to be distributed essentially as grants throughout North Dakota for city, county, township and airport infrastructure projects.

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The Municipal Infrastructure Fund in December will distribute nearly $29.9 million to 41 cities with populations of 1,000 people or more in non-oil-producing counties. Payments are population-based and range from $125,000 to $2.5 million per city. Payments to cities with fewer than 1,000 residents will depend on other funds in line being filled first.

The money, which has reporting requirements, can be used for “essential infrastructure projects,” which include water treatment plants, sewer and water lines, and paved and unpaved road and bridge infrastructure.

Timing of the first distribution was uncertain due to impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on oil tax revenue, which the state collects monthly.

budget cycle, on June 30.