May 29, 2024

Landowners grill BDSWD over possible ditch authority transfer


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Jake Sias
Grant County Herald

A meeting was held at the Herman Community Center to help inform the public of the proposed transfer of ditch authority of all the ditches within the county Bois de Sioux Watershed to the Bois de Sioux Watershed District (BDSWD). Members of the BDSWD board, engineering, administration, and legal department alongside Aaron Beyer of Grant County Highway, and current manager of the majority of the county’s ditches, and the Grant County Commissioners were all there to field questions from the public and landowners over what such a transfer would entail. 

Beyer had proposed the possible transfer. He is the only one at the Grant County Highway Department tasked with managing the county’s ditch systems while his time is also split between the other responsibilities he has within the department. The BDSWD offered an increase of manpower that would be monitoring and managing the ditches if the transfer was approved. Attendees of the meeting asked questions to better understand the process and goals of the BDSWD.

How would the landowners be taxed by the BDSWD? 

The BDSWD holds its own taxing authority. Annually the ditch systems’ levies will be assessed to make sure that they are meeting the needs of what the ditches need to keep them in good repair. If a system is healthy and running efficiently, the levy might possibly be decreased. If a system has work that needs to be done, there is a possibility for an increase depending on the level of work involved. On average, the levies range between four to six dollars per acre. The process for this is the same as how it is currently structured with Grant County under Beyer’s management.


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