The facts are the facts, he said.

He said delays cost money, too.

Klug said Williston knew four years ago it needed a new sewage plant, but didnt have the necessary oil revenue or the means to borrow money.

Now, the funding finally came through, but well pay $105 million by having to wait, he said.

Klug said the city auditor keeps close tabs on revenue and the city is watching its books to stay in tune with money coming in and going out, particularly variances in oil and sales tax revenues.

If it gets to the point where we need to start canceling projects, well make a list. At this point, were planning to go ahead, he said.

Sanford said Watford City has $65 million in projects, including a second water treatment plant, ready to bid in January, based upon anticipated surge funding.

He said local drilling should remain strong because the countys on top of the Bakken sweet spot, where the most prolific wells are drilled.

Even with a downsizing in the entire region, our rig count could go up, Sanford said.

Still, the city will be watchful, because a lowered rig count will affect oil tax revenue overall, according to Sanford, who says his fear is the Legislature will weaken in its resolve to provide surge funding and share more oil taxes with the impacted towns and counties on the front lines.

Im hoping they look at the long-term play, not a temporary downtown, he said.

Dickinsons city administrator Shawn Kessel said his city will move forward with the necessities on its list, the infrastructure projects critical to support its fast growth.

He said projects are ranked by how vital they are and by how many peoples lives they touch.

Oil officials expect that, with the drop in oil prices and fewer rigs, drilling will concentrate activity in the big four counties -- Williams, McKenzie, Mountrail and Dunn -- and retract from fringe production zones around Dickinson and elsewhere.

Kessel said most of the communitys growth comes from people who already work in those areas, but choose Dickinson for its quality of living.

The primary driver in our growth comes from people who commute. Were cautiously optimistic, he said.

Even so, the city will carefully watch oil tax-related income to be sure it can afford such budget items as the 15 new city employees it planned to bring on in 2015.

We are making contingency plans, Kessel said.

The BC Court of Appeal has turned a deaf ear to successful litigants who borrow money to finance a lawsuit, defend their rights, or have their day in court.

In a decision involving two test cases, the province's highest court said interest payments incurred to cover legal costs are not recoverable expenses under the rules of the BC Supreme Court.

The court considered an extensive discussion of the difficulties personal injury law firms experience trying to finance disbursements -- lawsuit expenses -- and the risk that cases will not be advanced properly or run "on the cheap."

"Permitting the recovery of interest would ease the financial constraints under which plaintiffs' personal injury firms operate, and facilitate the better preparation of individual cases and the prosecution of cases that might not otherwise be pursued," Judge David Harris acknowledged.

And he recognized the growing clamour that litigation has become so expensive there now is an economic incentive to recover interest costs.

But he maintained that while cost-recovery schemes may affect access to justice, the Supreme Court of Canada has made it clear they are not a means of securing access to justice except in exceptional circumstances.

"Although the costs regime facilitates partial indemnification of the cost of participating in litigation, it is not, except in rare circumstances, legitimate to use costs as a means of facilitating access to justice," Harris wrote with the support of colleagues Daphne Smith and Elizabeth Bennett.

"Such a justification for costs is, it is argued, contrary to binding authority which establishes that it is not appropriate for a party to seek, or the court to award, costs as a means of assuring or facilitating a party's ability to participate in proceedings or access justice. To allow an interest charge as costs on that basis is an error in principle."

That reasoning runs counter, however, to rulings in New Brunswick and Ontario.

Although the issue was raised in a 2011 case, the Court of Appeal did not rule on it because it was then only a "hypothetical" concern -- unlike the real situations raised by the test cases.

In the first, the plaintiff's family were needy: a circumstance exacerbated by an accident, which left the father unable to work.

The plaintiff borrowed both from his lawyers, at an interest rate of 10 per cent, and then accessed the law firm's line of credit provided by a third-party lender, at an interest rate of 12 per cent or prime plus 7.5 per cent.

The plaintiff's claim was settled and he sought to include in his costs $25,668.92 owed in interest to the third-party lender.

In the second case, the plaintiff did not have the money and did not qualify for a bank loan to finance his lawsuit.

The only funding available was through arrangements made by his lawyer with Lexfund Management Inc., a specialized disbursement lender.

He borrowed $25,000, plus a $1,250 underwriting fee, at an interest rate of two per cent compounded monthly, constituting an effective annual rate of 26.82 per cent.

Judgment was reserved for about a year, but the man collected in April 2011.

Facilities costs take away from spending on curriculum, according to Anchorage School Board President Eric Croft.

On Friday, the school board and members of the Anchorage Assembly met to discuss how to help charters with that financial challenge.

Some assembly members, like Jennifer Johnston, are looking into a property tax credit for the charters. They say such a credit is tricky for several reasons, including the fact that many of the six charter schools lease their facilities.

You have a mill rate of the properties that are out there to tax and so whenever you give
tax credit here it has to bump out somewhere else,
Jennifer Johnston.

ASD board member Natasha Von Imhof roposed a facilities fund with $5 million of unassigned budget funds. Charters could borrow money from the fund to pay for their building leases.

The beauty of this is that it is in theory a renewable resource, Van Imhof said. It will be lent and then paid back and in the future this money could be available to deploy in a different way.

ASB president Eric Croft suggested going to Anchorage voters with a bond, possibly this spring. He says the state would also contribute.

If were successful, then the state would pick up 50 percent or 60 percent or 70 percent of doing that. Thats better than using operating funds but were going to debate both measures.

The bond could be added to a bond the district would like to propose to voters this spring, or it could stand alone. It could also be put off until another time.

School board members will vote on Von Imhofs proposal at the next board meeting.

KANO - Former Head of a military junta, and leading presidential hopeful of All Progressive Congress [APC], General Muhammadu Buhari has kicked against moves by President Goodluck Jonathan to borrow $1 billion Dollars to prosrcute insurgents in the north east.

General Buhari said, for 30 months as we fought civil war from here to the East, and Nigeria never borrow a dime, and dont forget that Nigeria won the war that continue to keep us as a single entity.

Buhari position was made in Kano shortly after he commiserat with victims of last Friday multiple blast at Kano central mosque said there was no basis or cogent reason as to why Nigeria must borrow money to fight the Insurgency.

General Buhari stated that the revenue accrued to the country when there was stability in oil market was enough to purchase military hardware to curtail the security challenges.

The civil war hero noted that the lack of political will on the part of the siting government, high level corruption and looting of national treasury are factors working against the war on terror.