Here is your InForum Minute morning briefing for Wednesday, September 29.
Moorhead Town Hall is seen inside the Moorhead Center shopping mall on Monday, September 23, 2019, in this Forum file photo.
MOORHEAD – Moorhead City Council unanimously approved its preliminary budget and tax levy for 2022 on Monday evening, September 27, calling for a 5.5% tax increase on the city’s share of property taxes.
The increase is the largest in seven years, but comes after a more modest 0.15% increase approved by council last year amid concerns over the impact of the pandemic on city residents.
The tax levy that will be shared by taxpayers will be $ 17 million.
With the increase, the city’s share of property taxes on a median home value of $ 191,900 will be $ 42.70 more per year or $ 3.56 per month. For a house of $ 300,000, the increase will be $ 72 per year or $ 6 per month. Full story here.
A flock of sheep compete for food in their pen on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 at Harvest Hope Farm north of Moorhead. The farm and Audubon Dakota plan to graze the nearby Oakport Prairie to study how this affects the land along the Red River. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
MOORHEAD – By next spring, Moorhead may have sheep grazing within the city limits.
It wouldn’t be in the middle of town, but rather in the far north of town, along the Red River, on various plots of about 26 acres in the 113 acres of Oakport Prairie.
The city planning commission voted 5-1 to advance a city ordinance allowing grazing in city council on Wednesday, September 1, after hearing from representatives of Harvest Hope Farms and Audubon Dakota on how it could help the prairie to thrive.
“I think this is a great and unique opportunity for the Town of Moorhead,” said Planning Commissioner Steve Moore. “We’ve come a long way in establishing the Woodlands and Urban Grasslands initiative in our town. It’s a beautiful meadow there. I think it would just become a benchmark in the Oakport area and only do ‘add to the uniqueness of that region there. ” Full story here.
Snow covers a fence on November 30, 2019, on the 700 block of Fifth Street South in Moorhead. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
MOORHEAD – More and more Minnesotans could get help keeping their homes warm and the lights on this winter.
Under new changes, more than 600,000 Minnesota households are eligible for energy assistance this winter, according to the state Department of Commerce.
In the previous program year, approximately 116,000 Minnesota households applied and qualified for the program.
More than $ 130 million in federal energy assistance funds, with more expected this fall, is available to Minnesota households. Residents can get help paying their current and overdue bills for electricity, gas, fuel oil, biofuels and propane, emergency fuel delivery, and repair or replace faulty heating systems . Full story here.