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Associated Press, Published September 19 2009

Bismarck mayor wants to postpone vote on sales tax increase because of tough economy

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Bismarck Mayor John Warford wants to postpone a proposal for a penny sales tax increase.

Warford asked that city attorney Charles Whitman hold off on the sample ballot for the tax.

The mayor says it's bad timing. He says tough economic times are hitting Bismarck with the pending closure of the Bobcat Co. plant.

The mayor earlier had pushed for the tax to help pay for property tax relief and road work. He says the tax may come up for discussion again next year.

Bismarck's current sales tax generates a little more than $12 million in revenue.