Police and Fire Sales Tax

What:

Asking voters to approve a one-half percent (0.5%) sales tax increase during the 2022 general election in November to help fund public safety.

Why:

The West Fargo Police and Fire Departments are seeing a rise in financial need that outpaces the current property tax levels due to:

  • West Fargo’s increasing population
  • Growing school district
  • Expanding visitor appeal
  • Rise in mental and behavioral health issues
  • Increasing number of calls for service
A sales tax is least impactful to the community's cost of living and most impactful to the community's quality of life. 

Police and Fire Sales Tax Fact Sheet

Benefits:

  • Provide quality safety and security to the second largest school district in North Dakota
  • Shares cost of services with visitors who also use and benefit from public safety services
  • Increased presence for non-emergent quality of life crimes such as traffic complaints
  • Additional personnel to respond to an increasing number of mental health calls for service
  • Faster response times for fire and medical calls to meet national standards and to lower insurance rates

How:

Vote twice. Residents will need to vote yes on both City Measure #1 and City Measure #2 in November to approve the Public Safety Sales Tax.

Ballot Questions for Public Safety Sales Tax

Current Public Safety Status:

  • Patrol Staffing - increase minimum levels of staffing to ensure adequate responses to priority calls for service
  • Fire Response - In 2021, there were 239 times with no fire companies available for emergency response due to ongoing calls for service
  • School Safety - Only two School Resource Officers cover 16 elementary schools
  • Emergency Response - Response times for fire and medical calls are slower than national standards due to lack of crews