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Bismarck residents reject proposal to fund levee

National guard members on patrol during 2011 flooding on the Missouri River in Bismarck
National guard members on patrol during 2011 flooding on the Missouri River in Bismarck

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- Residents who live near the Missouri River in Bismarck have rejected a proposal to fund a flood protection levee.

About 150 residents were asked to decide if they wanted to pay part of the cost of the $1.3 million project over 15 years through a special assessment district.

The proposal failed 54-46 in a mail-in vote by landowners.

The state Legislature had approved $350,000 to pay for some of the levee costs, but that hinged on a favorable outcome of the special assessment district vote.

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