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Reducing our tax burden

August 18, 2013

Rep. Scott Louser, District 5, Minot Property taxes are consistently on the mind of many citizens. The state legislature debated the issue until nearly 4:30 a.m....

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Aug-26-13 12:41 PM

it is the spending of tax money that bothers me. The planned event center at the fair grounds is corporate welfare for hostefest and others. western nd including minot suffers from high traffic and overcrowding but the state is holding back on paying for oil impact with oil money because they want to pay in part for fargo flood diversion. that would reward many who knowingly built in the fargo floodplain. it is time to say no to spending tax money for private sector ventures.

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Aug-22-13 9:23 PM

Scott did not mention the State Tax Equalization Board-the State does have control and can set limits--obvious that they chose not to-I still feel a proposition 13 or something similar is going to be needed to start limiting the increases in property tax -only way to have control over the spenders.

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Aug-22-13 7:20 AM

maybe heidi should invite obama to minot so she can show Him how a city can tax their citizens into submission. we haven't had a sales tax increase in months, so i suppose that is coming next again.

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Aug-21-13 8:52 PM

It is the same problem the federal gov seems to have. Spend first tax later.....

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Aug-20-13 12:29 PM

I hope all you fools are happy that voted down the elimination of the property tax proposal! Let's keep it local! Yes we are really getting it locally now!!! Right WHERE THE SUN DON'T SHINE!

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Aug-18-13 11:23 PM

Doesn't the State have to agree that a city can increase it's taxes as well? In addition, doesn't have to set laws that something needs to reach a vote by a certain percentage or else it fails? Maybe Minot needs to step back and really relook at its laws, and really clean house. Because if I am not mistaken they have broken the law with giving some of these entities our own monies. As for property tax relief...what a joke......

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Aug-18-13 5:22 PM

very good point. the state should have known what the counties would do. The state does control income tax but instead of stopping income tax or any other tax--they fight it with advertising paid for by us. are higher taxes with state coffers in the billions progress? This is what happens when republicans are allowed to favor business over individuals with their adjenda. We need more dems in the state legislature to stop favoring oil over everyone else and wasting $1 million on a futile abortion fight just for ideology. we are witnessing how republicans despise the working class.

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Aug-18-13 1:22 PM

its well worth the money, what would we do with local control?

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Aug-18-13 1:07 PM

Now the state is responsible for local tax increases? Gimme a break. Preferably, a property tax break.

Taxes increase because just a little but more is never enough.

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Aug-18-13 1:00 PM

I hope the city council chambers are overflowing with persons opposed to the increase in taxes on September 9. This refusal to set priorities and live within their means is inexcusable and every member of the council needs to be reminded that next year is an election year. I see the mayor is not running for reelection. Maybe a few more councilpersons should follow him out the door.

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Aug-18-13 6:55 AM

i see minot wants a 3.74% increase in property taxes. heck, why not 4-5-6% ? after all, it has to last until next years increase. just where does all the money minot has been getting the last few yrs go? a couple more increases and my property tax amt is greater than the house pmt amount.

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