Mandan News

Tax statements coming out this month

Morton County will send out 22,000 property tax statements by Dec. 13, said County Treasurer Vicky Lippert. It will collect about $29.3 million in property tax revenue. Because of a 12 percent tax credit that the Legislature approved and a larger tax base, a $200,000 home in Mandan will be taxed an average of $154 less for property taxes.

Burleigh County will mail out 39,000 property tax statements Friday, said County Auditor Kevin Glatt. Because of a the tax credit, Burleigh County residents can expect to pay about 7 percent less in property taxes. The owner of a $200,000 home in Bismarck can expect to pay about $51 less than last year.

The Legislative tax credit will be listed on the tax statements. It also will explain how much each entity – school, county, city and park board- receives from the taxes being paid.

If taxes are paid in full by Feb. 18, there will be a 5 percent discount on property taxes.

Grant funds
Sibley Park lost 1,300 ash and cottonwood trees to the 2011 Missour River flood, but some will see new life. They will be split and become benches for Sibley Park’s new amphitheater, according to Greg Smith, operations manager for the Bismarck Park District.

The Garrison Diversion Conservancy District’s Recreation Committee recently awarded a $16,112 matching recreation grant to the park district. The grant also will help replace two park shelters, add seating for amphitheater and add accessible walkways to the new shelters.

Total cost of the project is $64,000. The grant will cover about 25 percent of the costs, said Randy Bina, executive parks and recreation director.

The amphitheater area will be located west of Shelter No. 1, said Smith. The recreation committee awarded a total of $156,801 in grants. Work will be done sometime during the 2014 construction season. He added that Eagle Scout Gabrielle Weisz built the stage for the amphitheater this summer. Smith said that the logs will provide seating for 50 people. “We’ll use the amphitheater for interpretive programs. There could also be weddings and performances there.”

To date, nearly $4 million has been awarded to projects within the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District through this program.

Garrison Diversion dedicates two-tenths of its 1-mill levy to the matching recreation grant program, and the recreation committee meets every spring and fall to consider applications. The next deadline for recreation grant applications is April 1.

Meeting date change
The Bismarck City Commission will only meet once this month – 5:15 p.m. Dec. 17- due to the Christmas holiday. In January, the city commission will return to its normal schedule of 5:15 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

By LeAnn Eckroth