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Sales tax: To vote or not to vote

March 6, 2013

The Minot City Council voted Monday to proceed with a 1-cent city sales tax when a current sales tax expires in 2014, with 50 percent of the money dedicated to flood protectio....

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Legend

Mar-19-13 5:28 PM

No to any more city tax period. The first 1% helped to pay for the dams that flooded us. The second was for economic development where hundreds of low pay telemarketing jobs came but many left. Why have more sales tax so a few can line their pockets? Our city officials need a course in business and government ethics.

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Independent

Mar-10-13 8:46 PM

The British are coming, the British are coming, taxation without representation. What's to stop them from deciding to add another sales tax so thier cronies can get more money to satisfy thier business interests.

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disgusted

Mar-08-13 5:13 PM

highwater, read the news article on the 5th.

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MarkHighwater

Mar-08-13 1:38 AM

The council members have the authority to approve the tax without a public vote. But traditionally, such decisions have been put before the voters...unquote...so why aren't they following "tradition" this time?...and who are the 2 dissenting votes they report in this article?

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Reality

Mar-07-13 9:00 PM

We are a city of fools. Haven't followed property tax relief in the legislature very close but I can only imagine how Minot intends to reap the benefits from that. Property tax relief but then the city re-assesses property for more to offset the relief and since people's taxes don't change the city knows they can get away with it since they can make the extra money without people having to pay more. People rarely complain as long as they dont have to pay more, in the meanwhile keep slipping a little more past them. should have rid ourselves of property tax when we had the chance.

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ChasinND

Mar-07-13 9:53 AM

Take a percent of the Magic Fund. I would say dikes are more important thne MSU, aka: Money Sucking University. With out the dikes there would be no Money Sucking University. Point of View: I still see visions of the University Dike.

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muleskinner

Mar-06-13 6:04 PM

When you have a vote, it costs money. It also costs to advertise for a yes vote.

When all you are doing is telling enough people to go and vote yes to eek by the people who vote no and win the vote, it begins to look somewhat suspicious and maybe all of the duped voters will catch on. The vote yes crowd becomes less and less and the vote no complainers become more and more and it is scary to lose an election like that because when you need the money it means if you don't get it, you'll be broke and owe creditors, so it is better to forego a vote on a sales tax for flood control which has been paid for but doesn't work and the next flood control project won't work either, then... it's all about the money.

They said it themselves, "We need the money".

I thought the city was here to serve the citizens, not the other way around.

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Curly1

Mar-06-13 10:11 AM

I would much rather pay a tax that stays here to fix the flood issues. I just hope they get a handle on it before the fix is too late and another flood roars on through. Too little too late is no way to do things. I disagree on many things the city council does, but this one at least makes sense. The costs of another flood would be astronomical. We can pay this tax a little at a time and everyone pays it. Not just propery owners. The sales tax of Minot is no higher then any place else.

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KneeAwn

Mar-06-13 9:27 AM

Yeah we should just have federal govt fix our problem. What is wrong with fixing our own problem?

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muleskinner

Mar-06-13 8:27 AM

The entire system is corrupt, so there is nothing new when property taxes are raised and a sales tax becomes a forever sales tax.

It is all corrupt.

Why can't the city's leaders march up to Canada and demand money from the gov of Saskatchewan for not abiding by the agreements that were signed when the dams were built for flood control?

Answer: They haven't a clue and have zero guts.

The only solution they can find is to tax more and never resolve a thing.

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EarlyBird

Mar-06-13 7:50 AM

Minot has always been a little Chicago. People have been saying how crooked the Minot leaders are all my life.

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socialismsucks

Mar-06-13 6:07 AM

Welcome to Minot - the city where "We Will, We Will, Tax You !" time for a new city council.

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