(October 19, 2010) The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce supports the proposed half-cent Cass County sales tax on the November 2 ballot to fund a Red River Diversion and other flood control projects.
In June of 2009, the Chamber Board took a strong position in favor of implementing a plan for permanent flood protection, and went on record in support of the Fargo half-cent sales tax which was approved by voters later that month. Leaders of the Chamber understand that the region cannot continue to allow spring flooding to negatively impact commerce.
“We need to protect our neighborhoods and business corridors in order to plan for economic growth and for our future,” said Chamber President/CEO Craig Whitney. “To allow our community to remain vulnerable to the physical and emotional toll extracted by a major flood, or the financial and economic devastation that can occur as temporary dikes fail, is not acceptable.”
Earlier this year, the Chamber went on record in support of building the most cost-effective 35,000 cubic foot per second diversion project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates the damages of such a 100-year flood event to be in excess of $5 billion. The Corps estimates a $1.4 billion cost for a diversion project, which would be shared by federal, state and local funding sources.
A local funding commitment is required prior to congressional authorization of federal funds.
Early voting begins October 25, 2010.
The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of private, public and nonprofit members. The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo, Dilworth, Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.