The North Dakota Supreme Court has upheld
the city of Bismarck's use of tax increment funding to develop
high court however did send the case back to district court to
determine whether four blocks were properly added to the district
in 1994 and whether there are any projects remaining in downtown
Bismarck's renewal plan.
Mayor John Warford says the 35-page ruling seems to keep the
city's TIF district and the Community Opportunities Revitalization
Effort program intact. Warford says that the city can no longer
bank up TIF funds for unspecified uses.
The CORE program uses TIF funding to support smaller projects
such as building fronts, signs and technical design assistance to
help with housing rehabilitation or development in the downtown