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Minot Park Board approves 2021 budget

The Minot Park Board approved a $14.45 million budget for 2021 on first reading Tuesday.

The budget should mean no tax increase for property owners, although changes in a property’s taxable valuation could affect the tax as well. No one spoke at the board’s public hearing on the budget.

The board will meet again Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. to consider the budget on final reading.

In other business, the park board:

– approved building plans for a three-story children’s museum presented by Magic City Discovery Center representatives. The board approved the start of work, contingent upon a $6.29 million grant award from the Department of Defense’s “Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot.” Grants will be announced Sept. 23. An environmental study would be conducted prior to ground breaking next spring.

– received an update from zoo director Becky Dewitz on the impact of the Souris River flood protection project on the zoo and the potential for redesigning zoo layout with a land swap with Roosevelt Park.

– awarded the bid for demolition of the Fireside building near Maysa Arena to DL Barkie for $109,000.

– Jill Schramm

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