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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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EarlyBird

Nov-18-13 6:42 AM

"The owner of a three-bedroom, 1000-square-foot house at the median non-flood, assessed value of $187,000 would pay $2,761 this year,"

Serious? You pay that much for only 1000 sqft. Man you people are getting hosed!!!! Maybe all of you Minot property owners should do the payment plan and make them squirm if all those monies don't come in a huge pile once a year.

Right on Mr. Eaton!! I know you know money is not everything.

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Legend

Nov-18-13 8:13 AM

If the school bond hits us, to many it won't be a matter of if but when some minot people cannot pay their taxes. To suggest a one to three thousand dollar per year expense will not be passed from the owner to the renter is to deny history and basic economics. It would take a recession in minot for rents to come down. Rent costs more than ownership that is why renting is profitable. To suggest renters should not vote on a bond issue is idiotic. Vote and vote No for your ability to put a roof over your head.

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kingdom

Nov-18-13 8:13 AM

yes, early bird we are being hosed! Add another 600+ annually? Not a chance in****! If the property tax is ever referred again the outcome will probably be different.

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Legend

Nov-18-13 8:19 AM

I was a landlord. The damage done by some renters cannot be repaired with the deposit money. Good renters make the owner the most profit. Don't be so quick to give Mr. Eaton credit for not raising the rent. Credit is do rather to those landlords who charge everyone less than the city average.

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chadk66

Nov-18-13 8:41 AM

If the citizens of Minot vote for more raping and pillaging they deserve to be taxed out of their homes.

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takkak

Nov-18-13 8:52 AM

And another weekly article about the school bond. Feels like an indoctrination...

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LuvDogs

Nov-18-13 9:58 AM

Still voting NO! This becomes more and more annoying by the second!You articles only work to enforce my decision to vote No. They are far from encouraging me to change my vote!

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InterestedParty

Nov-18-13 10:07 AM

Landlords include expenses in their rent prices. I get that and it is fair and smart business. What isn't fair are all the exemptions for new homes and businesses or for developers. Taxes would be lower for everyone if all property was actually taxed. People in flooded homes got a small discount from city taxes only. They all had to rebuild their homes. How about a 3-5 year exemption for them?

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BeaverFan

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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takkak

Nov-18-13 10:57 AM

Nothing was unexpected, just not planned for.

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takkak

Nov-18-13 10:58 AM

How's our new levy project going???

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takkak

Nov-18-13 10:59 AM

There was a housing shortage years before the flood.

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takkak

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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takkak

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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disgusted

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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wassup536

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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haroldped

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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takkak

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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takkak

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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chadk66

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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takkak

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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takkak

Nov-18-13 3:31 PM

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

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takkak

Nov-18-13 3:36 PM

Also known as the 2011 Souris River flood

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takkak

Nov-18-13 5:23 PM

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

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muleskinner

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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