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Paying a fair share

Property taxes affect all residents

November 18, 2013

As Minot voters prepare to go to the polls next month to vote on a bond issue for schools, the question arises regarding who would be affected if property taxes go up....

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Nov-19-13 8:50 PM

weeklyreader, Sorry, I am new here (to site, not Minot). My comments are about 95% sarcasm and 5% MSU (making stuff up)

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Nov-19-13 8:29 PM


My apologies. At times, the jest of your sarcasm that accompanies most of your post escapes me. Less complaining and more proposed solutions is what I look for.

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Nov-19-13 1:22 PM

They pay them enough, so that they qualify for food stamps. We, in effect, help pay their salaries.

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Nov-19-13 9:01 AM

WeeklyReader, Been in lovely NW over 10 years. I actually did want the Wal-mart but can understand when I saw the article mentioning daily traffic and crime associated with Wal-mart, besides the fact they are the Devil. If you look, they did build the new Minot Cabrini Green apartment complexes on the corner of 21st and 16th. So Satan can still be happy.

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Nov-19-13 12:53 AM


I guess I know where you live, one of the squeaky wheels with unfound fears. Wal-mart was willing to save Minot tax payers money by improving infrastructure on the North end not to mention less congestion. Now we still deal with the drive, the land sits idle with no taxable commercial business (tax relief), while you waste gas driving to the South end contributing to the congestion problem. You sound like the take, take, take type and apparently didn’t live on the North end during the flood you are so quick to refer to! 5 minutes, really? Yes I’m a little bitter because of these narrow minded decisions and the overreaching taxation. Enjoy your drive!!!

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Nov-18-13 10:28 PM

It sure looks like time to vote the "Bismarck Bozo's" (the current legislature) out of office and while we're at it let's vote the school board out, obviously they've lost touch with reality.

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Nov-18-13 7:25 PM

Yeah, that new wal-mart would have been nice. Would have saved me a 5 minute drive to the other one.

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Nov-18-13 6:59 PM

I will vote NO as well until something is done with the high property taxes. It was just a couple of months ago when a few new home owners convinced the out of touch council to turn down North hill Wal-Mart. nough said!

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Nov-18-13 5:51 PM

It is quite obvious that the Statists in Bismarck, home of the NAZI party, pay no heed to the responsibility to address the needs of the cities that serve its interests. In essence, North Dakota's citizens don't matter, just those big bucks from the oil companies. What a crock.

Whodda thunk the Vampire Squid made his home in North Dakota.

If there were ever a time of need for Minot, now would be the time. But the ostriches with their heads in the Missouri River sand in Bismarck are patiently waiting to get kicked in the butts.

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Nov-18-13 5:23 PM

Property Tax: Residential = $14.76 X (each $1,000 of True and Full Value)

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Nov-18-13 3:36 PM

Also known as the 2011 Souris River flood

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Nov-18-13 3:31 PM

We had our rainy day couple years back in Canada...

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Nov-18-13 3:06 PM

Nothing sways people like fear. We voted to raise sales tax, we voted to keep insanely high property taxes, why would the sheep not vote for school bond.

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Nov-18-13 2:59 PM

If the state wasn't sitting on a multi billion dollar surplus, growing everyday, and property taxes weren't insanely high already, this measure would probably pass. You can shear a sheep a hundred times but you can only butcher it once. It's now on the butcher block

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Nov-18-13 1:14 PM

Paying a fair share is only applicable to rich people. No one says poor people need to pay their fair share. They just need to take a fair share from the rich people via the gov't.

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Nov-18-13 12:56 PM

Property taxes rose the last two years, we raised the sales tax to 7.5%, the school bond will probably pass due to scare tactics, raising property tax more, then they will come from levy fees for the next 7 years...Of course there will be more road work, bigger airport need, etc. I am just thankful we voted against eliminating property tax and we are keeping it local. Now let's get busy on bigger jails, fed bldg, library and the like.

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Nov-18-13 12:09 PM

What is missing in the article is the increased tax amount for a $187K home. If an extra $100 tax a year greatly improves the school system, I am all for it. But I suspect it increases property tax $500, a tax I cannot support.

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Nov-18-13 11:34 AM

I don't mind paying taxes. They pay for great services like maintaining roads and giving us police protection and fire fighters. But taxes are way to high. I understand there lots of needs going on to with the growing population and with the flood a couple years ago, but taxes are getting out of hand. For the trailer house and .2 acres of property I own I have to pay $1,100. Because of this I am looking for a house outside city limits because I can't justify spending $200,000-$300,000 on a house and then try and afford paying $2,000-$3,500 in taxes. If the high rental costs don't push out the younger population the high property taxes will.

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Nov-18-13 11:15 AM

First thing, I am voting no on the bond issue. Second, when Vollmer said they would not spend it if they did not need it, that absolutely cinched it for me. Who is he kidding? But, one small correction. According to the accessory's office, the city council did away with the property exemption or waiver on new construction. I was told that the foundation on new construction had to be built by December 31, 2012 in order to receive that waiver. Hopefully, that is correct. If I find I was told that in error, I will post it here.

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Nov-18-13 11:03 AM

Years past when you saw out of state plates, they were military, now you see them, they ain't military and left their state behind to bless us with their baggage.

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Nov-18-13 11:00 AM

Schools were fine before oil, maybe new people should find a town with adequate schools for them.

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Nov-18-13 10:59 AM

There was a housing shortage years before the flood.

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Nov-18-13 10:58 AM

How's our new levy project going???

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Nov-18-13 10:57 AM

Nothing was unexpected, just not planned for.

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Nov-18-13 10:44 AM

Minot needs schools. I don't think anyone can argue against that. Minot also has high taxes. The truth is, Minot is going to be in tough shape for awhile. With an unexpected population boom and an unexpected record shattering flood, where does that leave us? I say across the board people will need to make sacrifices. Not just residents, but businesses, schools, parks. Re-evaluate the budget, cut the fat out and do whats necessary to get by for the next 8 or so years.

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