Williston, ND (KEYZ) Williston Mayor Howard Klug says the state should find a way to live up to it's commitments when it comes to funding its' share of the new 250 Million dollar Williston international airport, following this weeks house vote killing an oil tax revenue distribution bill that included 40 million dollars for the airport.
Klug says all eyes will now be on the Senate to see what they will do with a similar bill down the line.
"We need to go over to the senate side and see what we can come up with. The funding will have to come from the 'Land Trust Budget'," says Klug, who sounded unfazed by the apparent reneging by the legislature on its funding promise...he tells news radio, he's been down this road before.
"Maybe it's not a renege it's more of a 'we'll wait and see' kind of thing, but anytime you 'wait and see' down there it's usually a renege, as you say," Klug summed up.
Klug plans to personally visit lawmakers along with an entourage of airport proponent in an effort to keep the project on schedule and fully funded.
"We're doing everything we can to figure out what steps we need to take, because we are all in this together, whether it's Dickinson, Watford City, Williston or Tioga. We've got our people working down there in Bismarck and we're all going back down there to see what exactly we can make out of this mess," he says.
House Bill 1366 is a blue print for distributing oil tax revenue back to oil patch cities, and included the airport funds, which represented the last portion of the state’s contribution to the $250 million project, which has already received $19 million from the state as part of an agreement to cover 25 percent of the costs. The vote was 37-54.