Surge Funding approved
By Chris Erickson
The much-talked about Surge Funding Bill has now been signed into law by the governor and with that last stroke of ink, $1.1 billion was allocated directly for cities throughout the oil patch and beyond.
Some funding was split among 17 oil and gas impacted counties in rankings that corresponded to direct impacts from oil-related exploration and production. Around $450 million will go directly to the Department of Transportation for state highway projects, with the rest divvied up among hub cities, oil patch towns, and both oil-producing and non-producing counties, broken down further by population.
Beulah Mayor Darrell Bjerke said the city would likely be able to find a home for the $1.4 million allocated for it.
“It’s a good thing,” he said. “I was anxiously awaiting to see what was going to happen because the funding was half of what it started out as. I am concerned with what it can be used for.