The Walsh County Commission is allowing the county water resource
board to seek an increase in the assessments of land served by the Fairdale Drain.
Walsh County Water Resource Board Vice-Chairman Bob Shirek approached
commissioners Tuesday morning, asking for that approval. Shirek told
commissioners the assessment right now is one-dollar per acre and it's not
enough to pay for the preparation and work already done. Commissioners
approved allowing the board to seek an increase to two-dollars per acre.
Shirek says just over four-thousand acres are assessed. The Fairdale Drain will
be cleaned and the cost will end up being over 100-thousand-dollars. The two-dollar
per acre assessment will be for three years.
There will be a hearing to discuss plans for the Fairdale Drain on Tuesday,
October 30th at nine-am in the commissioners' meeting room at the Walsh County
Courthouse in Grafton. After that meeting, it's possible the Walsh County Water
Resource Board could approve the increased assessment, after feeback from
landowners in that Fairdale area. The board would then have to approach the
Walsh County Commission on Tuesday, November sixth, to get its approval
because the Walsh County Commission has levying authority.
The tax deadline will be extended to allow for the new assessment
if it's approved.