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Dickinson in need of $178 million for infrastructure

Dickinson, one of the hubs of the Bakken oil boom, could need $178 million for 40 projects to address community infrastructure needs. The City Commission held a special meeting to discuss concerns to bring before the Legislative Assembly. The city projects 2,975 housing unit permits in 2013 (in addition to the 1,200 housing units the city is about to approve), as well as several projects for sewer systems, wastewater treatment, and transportation projects. Shawn Kessel, Dickinson City Administrator, said that they could
assess impact fees to raise funds for the projects. Dickinson currently doesn’t use them, but some oil patch cities do. The Legislative Assembly will be reviewing the use of impact fees in the upcoming session. Read the article in the Dickinson Press.

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