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Vote ‘yes’ on Dec. 10

December 1, 2013

McKenna Brown, Minot Why should we vote ‘yes’ to the bond issue? Minot is growing and this high school is going to be overflowing with teenagers....

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ChasinND

Dec-06-13 10:35 AM

Vote NO. New schools and taxes are not needed.

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ndbowhunter6

Dec-05-13 6:23 PM

***VOTE YES and YES on December 10***

A yes vote supports the community of Minot and its school system. Plain and simple...

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EarlyBird

Dec-05-13 10:25 AM

minotborn why are you stuck on the sales tax idea? Many of us are referring to School Lands Trust money and that money is not from sales tax, you will do well to get that thought clear in your mind. It's very simple, try hard!

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MinotBorn

Dec-04-13 7:22 PM

EarlyBird - It doesn't matter what you think of the people that serve on the state legislature. The point is that they passed a law around 2007 that prohibits using sales taxes to build school buildings.

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MinotBorn

Dec-04-13 7:15 PM

Legend - There is nothing on the Minot Public School District web site promoting a yes vote. Everything there is factual information.

If you feel these facts are promoting a yes vote, then you must agree there is a need for new schools.

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EarlyBird

Dec-04-13 9:01 AM

minotborn.. I'm pretty sure we send a large handful of yahoos to Bismarck every two years to change and implement what we as citizens want.. we don't really need to hear what the politicians want.

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MinotBorn

Dec-03-13 11:24 PM

Legend - What does approval of the bond issue to build new schools have to do with a new event center? Let's keep to the facts.

And school officials, in their professional capacity, can only present facts. They don't promote a yes or no vote. In their personal lives outside their work day they can express their own opinions.

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ChasinND

Dec-03-13 11:22 PM

**VOTE NO ON BOTH ITEMS ON DECEMBER 10TH!!**

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MinotBorn

Dec-03-13 11:11 PM

EarlyBird - I was responding to two separate statements by MuleSkinner.

The first response was to his statement about using city sales tax to fund school buildings. The state legislature changed the law around 2007 prohibiting the use of sales taxes for this purpose.

His second statement was about using the School Lands Trust to fund building new schools. The school district has checked into this and found that it would take a change to the ND Constitution to access this money.

I suggest everyone check the facts concerning this bond issues before voting next Tuesday.

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NoDakBoy

Dec-03-13 9:50 PM

Tarkin, these kids are going to be taking care of us. The kids aren't asking for "new" walls. Most forward thinking adults realize that these kids will be supporting us in the future. It has been this way for generations. We all pitch in to pay for fire, ambulance, police, roads, schools, etc. whether we ever use them or not. There are not "used" buildings available that will meet the needs of what it takes for a school. Portables pose many safety risks and are meant to be temporary anyway. It is unfortunate the laws aren't different so other money could be accessed more easily. Let's get this passed so construction can begin right away. We can all work together to get legislation changed which is where our property relief could and should come from. Vote yes because the need is there. If you don't agree that a need for buildings is not there, than visit with school officials and listen. The kids are here right now to cause overcrowding and more are coming. Let's w

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tarkin

Dec-03-13 9:15 PM

The schools are on the hotline tonight, begging everyone they call to vote yes for higher taxes.

Seems awful funny how they think everyone, whether they can afford it or not, should pay for everyones kids, not just your own, its your job to pay for all kids, the rest of your life.

These poor kids cant learn without new walls around them, give me a break, whats that say to kids.

In other words, don't strive for better things kids, the government will take care of you, or should I say property owners.

Socialism is a dependency disease!

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EarlyBird

Dec-03-13 9:01 AM

Minotborn.. you obviously don't know what it means to own minerals in ND. The school lands trust has nothing to do with sales tax. ND owns the most mineral rights in the state and have a share in around 25% of the producing wells in the state. The money from production is not tax revenue.

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tarkin

Dec-03-13 12:07 AM

Nd girl proudly supports higher taxes after I just confessed I couldn't afford anymore taxes.

She is saying it doesn't matter if you can or not I'm voting to get more money from you hahaha. Wow.

Meanwhile the state sits on billions were not asking for even 900 million just build us a school North Dakota help the people out a bit.

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MinotBorn

Dec-02-13 8:32 PM

The FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) and true facts about the bond issue can be found on the Minot Public School website.

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MinotBorn

Dec-02-13 8:26 PM

@muleskinner - State law prohibits using sales taxes to build schools. This happened several years ago. It would take a change to the ND Constitution to be able to use the School Lands Trust to build schools.

@Larry7 - What are the resources at hand when there are already over 400 students in portable classrooms?

@subman - The facts by the No voters are inaccurate and often made up or misrepresented. The true facts can be found on the Minot Public School District's website - *******tinyurl****/mps-facts

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locomotive

Dec-02-13 12:59 PM

"I have to wonder how many of those poor children that must walk outside play hockey on the cold ice, or play football in the snow or freezing temps, or play on the hills in the show for hours at a time. Good grief."

disgusted, good post, especially these points.

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ChasinND

Dec-02-13 8:25 AM

**VOTE NO ON BOTH ITEMS ON DECEMBER 10TH!!**

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subman

Dec-02-13 7:55 AM

ever wonder why the no voters usually have facts and figures backing up their message while the yes voters just rely on it's for the children emotions

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Larry7

Dec-02-13 2:00 AM

Has anyone given any thought as to what the results would be when property values in and around Minot come back to a reasonable level, if not they should. The way the politicians are spending money the values will come down but the property taxes won't because most of that money will be owed to pay back bond purchases. There are many house's on the market now and it's quite possible that the house you purchased for 200,000 dollars or is valued at 200,000 dollars may be only worth 150,000 or less in the near future just like the housing problems in Calif. and other states but you will still have to pay these high taxes. Just remember, when a politician or anyone wants your money be assured they're not telling you the whole story!

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ndgirl40

Dec-01-13 11:35 PM

Proudly voting yes on Dec 10th. Yes, to the betterment of education and our community.

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tarkin

Dec-01-13 10:06 PM

Sorry, I cannot afford another tax increase.

I will be voting NO.

There are other ways to fund this school.

Property owners you better get out and vote!

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ChasinND

Dec-01-13 3:44 PM

**VOTE NO ON BOTH ITEMS ON DECEMBER 10TH!!**

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disgusted

Dec-01-13 3:40 PM

"has likely tripled"? rather presumptuous of you, to say the least. What the assessor says and what it sells for are two different things. I believe that anyone who wants to give three for four times the amount of their property tax, they are free to do so. Go ahead. when we get our home back to pre-flood condition, we will think about willingly paying more in property tax.

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NoDakBoy

Dec-01-13 2:58 PM

Your property has likely tripled in value. Why wouldn't you expect to pay more in taxes. If you sell, are you going to donate the difference of the purchase price and the sale price to the city? Hardly, the money will go into your pockets. The truth is, residents in Minot have been at the bottom of the 12 largest cities for at least 20 years when it comes to paying property taxes. This has come at the expense of our schools which have not had a new one built for 40 years.

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concerned

Dec-01-13 1:38 PM

School funds aren't separate funds when your property taxes will go up almost $1,000 a year before the bond issue. It's time to tell the truth....Oh I guess the truth hurts around here...In addition I thought with more commercial property coming into the area more relief would be coming...not..in addition, it flooded houses that were never flooded before...where's the relief there?

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