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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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Larry7

Dec-01-13 1:46 AM

Absolutely not. If Minot public schools would use creative management and use the resources at hand there would be more than enough room. We don't need new schools, we need new leadership and managers at those schools. Vote NO

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muleskinner

Dec-01-13 7:35 AM

It makes very little sense to continue to raise taxes on homeowners when there is a city sales tax that is 2.5 percent and the revenue is in the millions of dollars.

It makes very little sense to continue to tax homeowners when the school lands trust amounts to 2 billion and growing.

Stop robbing Peter to pay Paul.

Stop robbing the homeowner so the state can enrich itself.

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ChasinND

Dec-01-13 10:57 AM

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

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NoDakBoy

Dec-01-13 11:03 AM

Hasn't the leadership and managers been creative long enough? The community voted down a bond for an elementary school 8 years ago. They ended up re-purposing a medical facility into a smaller elementary school. Now Washington has a border of 9 portables and one 5th grade classroom goes to the medical building next door and shares a floor with mental health professionals. Sounds like a lot of creativity to me. You could start drawing straws to see which students should go to elementary schools across town that have less students but is a temporary solution for one or maybe two years. ALL schools will be overcrowded in just a few short years so then what. Historically, we have been so good in this community putting a band aid on a wound that requires a tourniquet. Let's address the problem once and for all. Vote YES!

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Legend

Dec-01-13 11:27 AM

Just say NO. the band aid story is accurate. it was not for lack of money. it was because since 1975 the city fathers decided to make minot an entertainment city. state fair, hostefest, motor coach convention, scandanavian park, poker tour etc were all given priority and sometimes our tax money or value in kind to push those along. A no vote is an opportunity to correct our terrible past and turn the spending mentality to real needs like infrastructure (sewer system, roads,etc). Our children should not suffer the same as we did from greed and conflicts of interest in spending. Vote No.

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NoDakBoy

Dec-01-13 11:56 AM

Legend, it is irresponsible on your part to hold schools hostage for your beef with how the city of Minot has spent their portion of the money. School funds are separate from city funds. One does not feed the other. They are separate entities. Our children will suffer as will our community if we don't give our children a good education. I have children in the Minot public schools and I am worried they will suffer so this is why I am voting yes.

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disgusted

Dec-01-13 12:40 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. When the super said, we won't spend it if we don't need it, that sealed the deal for me. I am voting no. Then the school board member said they would have to do some redistricting if the vote weant down to defeat. So do the redistricting. What is Jefferson building being used for? The state got involved with 'property tax reductions', which is giving the locals free rein to raise our taxes. I vote a resounding NO.

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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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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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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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ChasinND

Dec-01-13 3:44 PM

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

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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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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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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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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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ChasinND

Dec-02-13 8:25 AM

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

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Legend

Dec-02-13 9:16 AM

Letter says a new school will bring more people into minot. What? So we can pay even more taxes and build more schools? When does the madness end? Vote NO because we can't afford anymore taxes.

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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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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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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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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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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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Legend

Dec-03-13 8:56 PM

New twist: Minot gives a tax break on new homes. A realtors dream because it adds an element to the sales pitch. The rest of us make up the lost revenue. Now the SE part of minot (with all those new homes) wants a new school. Some years ago select realtors started buyers contracts where you must pay their fee even if you buy a "for sale by owner" home. Both actions call for a foul cry. You got a tax break and want me to vote for a new school? Aint gonna happen. You insult my intelligence by asking I sign a home buyers contract? Aint gonna happen. I disagreed with both of those subjects and finally I get to vote again on the schools. It will be a "NO" as loud as I can say it.

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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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Legend

Dec-03-13 9:18 PM

The minot public schools website: take away the extra curricular stuff and the brainwashing to support the bond--their is precious little left. Why was early voting not on the tv news until today? Voter supression?

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