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Patrick Springer, Published April 05 2010

UPDATED: Cass approves "gentleman's agreement" with Fargo to delay public sales tax vote on flood control

FARGO – Cass County commissioners today unanimously approved holding off on a half-cent sales tax for flood control until November after the board chair reached a "gentleman's agreement" to delay a public vote.

Commissioners agreed to postpone seeking a public vote, originally discussed as a possibility for the June 8 election.

Earlier today, Darrell Vanyo, chairman of the Cass County Commission, said he and Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker reached a “gentleman’s agreement” on the issue.

Walaker and Vanyo each signed an agreement called a memo of understanding to delay until the November general election a public vote on the tax, Vanyo said.

Earlier, the two commissions had deadlocked in each wanting to advance separate sales tax measures – one for the city, one for the county – for the June primary election.

The Fargo City Commission plans to discuss the issue during its meeting tonight.

For more read Tuesday’s Forum.