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Williston Saving Hospitality Tax

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A one percent tax has been added to lodging and restaurants in the Williston area that could be used to build major structures in the city.

The North Dakota State Legislature made the hospitality tax available about 15 years ago and many cities from the size of Riverdale to Grand Forks have put it to use.

Williston City Commissioner Howard Klug says in the past, Williston opted out favoring tourism over savings.

He says things have changed and the hospitality tax could generate $1.2 million a year.

The hospitality tax has not been directed to a specific project but Klug says the City Commission is looking toward a new parking garage downtown or a convention center.

(Howard Klug, Williston City Commissioner) "We're here as the center of the oil boom right now and we could use a building like that to bring in the oil companies, bring in the trade shows for the oil companies, instead of having them in other parts of the state, bring them right here."

The hospitality tax will go into effect in October.

Klug says for a local who goes out to eat a couple times a week, the tax may add up to about $50 a year.

Distribution of the money for a project would come from a recommendation from the visitors committee.

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