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Facility grant uneasiness

November 6, 2013

The Minot City Council this week gave final approval to funding for eight projects totaling more than $4.4 million....

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Nov-10-13 7:48 AM

Just last week or so there was an article about how one of the older schools was remodeled and in that process they eliminated over half the classrooms to combine with other class rooms to make huge classrooms. This is the thinking that got us where we are, amazing what education does to common sense. Old hillbilly said education is good as long as it doesn't interfere with your thinking.

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Nov-07-13 7:11 PM

N1: the state has the money--it is not punishing the schools. A NO vote is the only way to try to change the way our city council spends money. we need flood control--they say they are broke. They need to stop putting sports ahead of education.

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Nov-07-13 2:26 PM

Our school board intends to include a 10 lane swimming pool at the new high school at a cost of about 14 million. Why do we need to construct our educational facilities to these exorbitant standards? The board members present at the forum on Tuesday night were more concerned with little Johnnie competing for a scholarship than they were for elderly on fixed income who have to pay the taxes!

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Nov-07-13 10:08 AM

Why punish the schools because of the city government. Two different entities. Relying on portables - and really there isn't much more land to add those at many of the schools - is like telling people to live in FEMA trailers for the next 30 years. The last bond issue which was run roughly 8 years ago had over 50% yes votes but they need 60% to pass. Had that bond issue passed there would not be the crunch of Washington Grade School as the new one would have absorbed all of those students.

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Nov-07-13 12:38 AM

This latest fiasco shouldn't surprise anyone. All but a very few members of the city counsel have no integrity at all. The majority of the time their votes are based on self interest and not the interest of the people that elected them. That being said, I personally find some of the groups accepting the funds from this equally reprehensible because they knew when applying for it they did not meet the required criteria to rightfully be eligible and they know who they are. The citizens of Minot need to get out in force and vote and not allow the special interest groups continue to run Minot.

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Nov-06-13 6:29 PM

We r $37 million in debt. it is time to retire MADC and a vote to change our 1% tax to pay down our debt and provide for flood control. The highest utilities in the state, high real estate taxes, high cost of housing and in the top 3 for city sales tax--we have been taxed too much already. a NO vote on the schools will send the message that we are tired of these high taxes and that oil impact taxes should pay for our schools improvements. Remember they still want a bubble at MSU, a new event center and more. Time to send them a message and stop attending their events until they listen.

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Nov-06-13 12:59 PM

Those funds were approved for one project only! Minot City Council does not have the authority to change the designation of these funds! A perfect example of corruption and fraud in our city gov't! Is the Ward County sales tax for the jail expansion going to be redistributed too?

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