FARGO – Fargo City Commissioners approved the 2024, $120-million city budget. It includes higher property taxes and a major increase in franchise fees for public utilities that aren’t popular with property owners. The vote was 4-to-1.
Commissioner Dave Piepkorn voiced opposition. He asked other commissioners, “Did you read all the emails you got..?” He said he received at least 150 emails about the budget from residents of Fargo and he said they are not happy.
Commissioner John Strand said this is a very tough, challenging time for everybody and the city commission is hearing from people on both sides. He said Fargo is “exploding” in growth and with it comes the costs like demands for public safety.
Mayor Tim Mahoney said this was the most difficult budget he had ever done during his 18 years at the city of Fargo