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Erik Burgess, Published February 25 2013

Moorhead OKs power plant tax fund

MOORHEAD – The City Council here unanimously approved on Monday night setting up a tax-increment interfund loan for the site of the old Moorhead power plant, to the west of Woodlawn Park.

Moorhead Public Service officials said last week that the plant, which has been in operation for more than 100 years, has outgrown its useful life and will be demolished this fall.

Approving an interfund loan is the first step in setting up a tax-increment financing district, which would help the city recoup costs of demolition and future development on the site.

The MPS Commission authorized an interfund loan not to exceed

$2 million for the site at their Feb. 12 meeting.

The council also shot down a potential charter amendment, which would’ve spelled out how local government officials could react if the entire council and mayor were to be killed in the same incident.

The so-called “continuity of government” amendment needed all eight council members and the mayor’s vote for approval. It was voted down 4-5.

Council members Nancy Otto, Brenda Elmer, Mark Hintermeyer and Steve Gehrtz voted against changing the charter, the city’s founding document, similar to a nation’s constitution.

Otto said she would rather set up a continuity of government through a city ordinance or resolution, which are easier to change than the city’s charter.

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