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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-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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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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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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Nov-18-13 8:52 AM

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

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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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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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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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Nov-18-13 10:57 AM

Nothing was unexpected, just not planned for.

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Nov-18-13 10:58 AM

How's our new levy project going???

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Nov-18-13 10:59 AM

There was a housing shortage years before the flood.

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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 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 11:15 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 11:34 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 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 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 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 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 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 3:31 PM

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

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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 5:23 PM

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

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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 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 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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