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Wellness Center, Flood Protection Separated for Election

August 21, 2014

An architect's rendering of a proposed health, wellness and physical education center.

The Valley City City Commission approved giving city residents a vote for or against a health, wellness and physical education center while separating the issue from permanent flood protection.

During the November general election, Valley City residents will be asked to approve or disapprove two separate measures. One, to extend no less than 83 percent of an existing 1/2 percent sales tax increase, originally earmarked to pay for the Hi-Line Activity Center, to pay the city's share of permanent flood protection.

The second measure would give residents the opportunity to essentially vote for or against a wellness center with a measure that, if passed, would allocate the remaining 17 percent for a $3 million bond issue (and interest) for the city's share of construction and operation of a wellness center.

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