To understand the present, it’s often necessary to examine the past. And the Williston of today looks far different from the Williston of the past. In the past decade, the city limits have tripled. That was one of many things addressed at Mayor Howard Klug’s State of the City Address.
“It’s good to have a summary like this, where you can see what is happenng and get a good feel for the pulse of the community,” says Williston resident, Tom Rolfstad.
And as the city has grown, so too has its debt. The current total, just over $260,000,000 makes Williston the city with the highest debt per capita in the state, according to Williston City Administrator David Tuan.
“Hopefully, the rest of the state and our people understand that we’ve taken on the debt, but we’ve built a tremendous industry out here,” says Williston Mayor Howard Klug.
That debt total will continue to grow, as that amount excludes the cost of constructing the new XWA airport.
“Sales tax money’s coming. We’re paying off the bonds. We bonded a lot of that money for the fire stations and those kinds of things. And we’re paying those off at a very fast clip,” says Klug.
But despite its debt, the city has made great strides in the past decade. The fire department’s class 2 ISO rating makes it one of the highest-rated fire departments in the country.
“I’m more invigorated about the community and the future we have ahead of this,” says Rolfstad.
And a city that has weathered so many past challenges, is ready to look ahead and embrace what the future has to bring.
Williston’s Economic Development Week continues May 10 with a housing summit. That will begin at 8:30 a.m and will be held in the Williams County Commission room.