Governor’s veto may leave North Dakota’s townships low on funding

The state Legislature’s lawsuit against Gov. Doug Burgum over his vetoes does not cover Burgum’s veto of extra funding for township roads in non-oil producing counties. Nor does it seem likely that lawmakers will meet in special session to overturn the veto.

That leaves 1,610 townships with $10,000 less in funding than they’ve had in recent years.

Amid oil income in the 2013 and 2015 legislative sessions, lawmakers allocated $10,000 to each of the non-oil producing townships to help them with the road maintenance.