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Opposing school bond

October 20, 2013

Daniel Griffith, Minot I do not know any property owners in Minot who would vote yes on the school bond issue....

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Oct-25-13 2:31 PM

Even if the full bond issue is sold, taxes will not be higher than they were in 2012 due to the property tax relief passed by the state.

Also, if Minot Public Schools receives any funding from the state for this project, they will deduct it from the amount of the bond issue. Right now there is no avenue for MPS to pursue state funding. Their hands are tied, but they are out of time. Our community needs new schools today.

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Oct-22-13 9:59 PM

North Dakota 40 you are smoking something I think. People have experienced 40,000 or more in property valuations in one year and they will see about $1,000 increase in property taxes before the bond a year. Yes I have done my research. Minot had a chance to be proactive when they saw communities having growth issues back in 2006 and 2007, but John MacMartin was asked if Minot would have this problem, and he said no. In addition, Minot chose to look the other way with the growing pains in the late 70s and early 80s...Please it's not going to go up just a little for some but a lot for all.....

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Oct-22-13 1:40 PM

you cannot pay for schools using a sales tax. also, the district will continue to pursue funds from the state, but the money is needed now. also, the entire western half of the state is in dire need of roads, infrastructure, schools, etc. Growth is not only a Minot problem and expecting the state to take care of our problem is unrealistic. the bond issue will also not be used in one lump sum, rather in smaller increments, so your taxes aren't going to skyrocket.

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Oct-21-13 12:19 PM

Yep. Change the Magic fund and the Community Facility Sales Tax would be a great start. The school board should go to the city council and request it. They should ask the citizens of Minot to back them. Then and maybe then we would support the school board.

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Oct-20-13 11:42 PM

Move on, huh? Would love to. would love to have my home done. I am one of the lucky ones who has a home to redo. Move on. We live it every day. Must be nice not to have to think about it, live it, and wonder when it will happen again.

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Oct-20-13 9:28 PM

I agree Legend, we need new schools because of the oil. Many of us were flooded and money is tight for us. We are trying to rebuild our home without borrowing any more then we have to. We live on a fixed income now and there is no extra for added taxes, no matter how good the cause is. I understand the kids deserve it. I understand that Fargo and Grand Forks and Bismarck passed measures to pay for new schools. I do not believe those cities had 4100 homes go under water. It seems many are sick of "we the flooded" Over heard a conversation a few days ago. They ladies talking said they were sick of the flood people complaining and how it was time to move on. Well, walk a mile in our shoes and you may complain a bit too.

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Oct-20-13 7:36 AM

even local govt's are caught up in what DC is doing i guess. out of touch and can't seem to realize we're taxed out. of course when your check comes FROM the govt, the homeowner serfs are never paying enough. Besides, landlords would take the bulk of the blame for a rent increase if this train wreck would pass. (Nope, i'm not a landlord.)

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Oct-20-13 7:02 AM

You are opposing any more property tax increases, they've become a dime a dozen.

The sales tax is at 8 percent, which is more than necessary. It is generating revenue for funds. There is money from the city sales tax, use it to improve education, a new school, whatever.

A billion in taxable sales means 20 million dollars in the Magic Fund.

There will be a media blitz of propaganda to brainwash Minot's homeowners that a 'yes' vote will be best.

The best choice is to cancel the vote, Minoters are already burdened with too much in tax expense as it is.

The better avenue of action would be to ask the State of North Dakota for some of the oil money gained from mineral acres that are on school lands and the money is there.

Why does the taxpayer, the homeowners, etc. the average joe have to be continually robbed when the money is there in front of them and they don't see it, just your money.

Beam me up.

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