Williston, ND (KEYZ) Williston residents overwhelmingly approve extending a critical one penny sales tax that has for the past seven years financed some 92 million dollars worth of infrastructure improvements and small to medium business start ups in the key oil patch hub.
“We’re are celebrating over here, it is a good night for us,” Mayor Howard Klug tells News Radio shortly after preliminary figures of 598 voting “YES” opposed to 226 voting “NO” were released by the Williams County auditors office late Tuesday. “It tells us that the people of Williston recognise the value of this tax and that it is working for them,” says Mayor Klug.
Early indications were not clear, since by mid day Tuesday only a trickle of registered voters had made it through door number four at the Williston ARC where the polling station was set up for residents to cast their vote. “My people have counted just a handful of people by mid day”, auditor Beth Innis, who expected more to show up after work, and indeed they came, giving a thumbs up to a proven method Williston can use to cope with it’s growth issues that lay ahead. Please click the the play icon below to listen to complete live interview with Mayor Howard Klug that was conducted this moring at 6:05 during the Mondak Morning News with Chris and Scott.