The City of Crystal is currently in process of preparing for a Citywide Street Improvement Project. The city has received North Dakota Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to help pay for a portion of this project. The cost of the project will be divided among the property owners in the form of special assessments. However, homeowners whose incomes fall within CDBG program guidelines for Pembina County can apply to have their special assessments paid for by the grant. The Red River Regional Council (RRRC) will be administering the grant for the city. Household incomes that fall within the amounts below may be eligible to have 100% of their special assessments paid for by the grant: 1 person $24,750 or less 2 people $28,250 or less 3 people $31,800 or less 4 people $35,300 or less 5 people $38,150 or less 6 people $40,950 or less If after paying the special assessments of residents who qualify in the above category, Crystal residents who are above those limits but fall within the following limits may be eligible for payment of their special assessments. 1 person $24,751 - $39,550 2 people $28,251 - $45,200 3 people $31,801 - $50,850 4 people $35,301 - $56,500 5 people $38,151 - $61,050 6 people $40,951 - $65,550 Owner-occupied residences will be considered first. If funds are remaining, rental properties can be considered if the renter qualifies and the owner signs an agreement not to raise rent due to the special assessments. Applications can be obtained from Crystal City Auditor Alva Brown or from the RRRC office by calling 701-352-3550. Proof of income and the application are required for participation in this program. Proof of income includes:
- Your 2014 income tax statement, if applicable
- If you did not file income tax in 2014, then you must provide two months of your current personal bank statements
- 2015 Social Security benefits statement, if applicable
- If employed, pay stubs for the past two months
- Documentation of any other form of income as noted on the back of the application
- 2014 property tax statement
July 8, 2015
Walsh and Pembina counties are currently seeking cities interested in some extra funding help for community betterment projects. Both Pembina and Walsh counties are accepting applications for projects as part of their ½ Mill “Self-Help” Programs. There are many ways communities can use these county funds for betterment projects. Examples of projects cities used the funds toward last year include: culvert installation; purchase of tables and chairs for community center; maintenance and mowing at a city park; toward the cost of a city lift station; street repair; landscaping; and toward the cost of a warming house at an outdoor ice rink. The main objective is to promote development within communities of Pembina and Walsh counties. There are three program criteria:
- ½ Mill requests cannot exceed one-half of the total project cost, nor can the request exceed $1,500.
- The county funds must be matched 1:1. Funds will be released on a reimbursement basis with supporting documentation.
- A copy of a resolution or minutes of the meeting when the applicant authorized the project must be included with the application. The city must include in its minutes that it plans to apply for self-help funds for a specific project.