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Against more property tax

February 16, 2014

Derald Larson, Minot Another school bond vote is coming but I do not agree that taxing property is the right way to raise the money....

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Feb-18-14 11:15 AM

I meant to say Surrey, not Sawyer in my previous post at 10:01 AM. Sorry.

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Feb-18-14 10:30 AM

The thing that is not being talked about in Nedrose is the added staffing costs. A new facility will increase operation expenses, not to mention adding 140 high school kids will take 15-20 new teacher's. You just hit $1,000,000 in yearly expenses plus your 1.4 million loan repayment. Taxes will go up big time in Nedrose, no matter how you do the math, a new facility will increase taxes.

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Feb-18-14 10:01 AM

Perry on KX News on Monday’s Night Report said that Nedrose is currently paying Minot and Sawyer 1.5 million dollars per year to educate grades 9-12. If they paid for the expansion in 20 years their annual cost would be around 1.186 million dollars. This means Nedrose will have over $300,000 excess. This should give us a tax reduction, not a tax increase! Please vote NO on February 20.

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Feb-18-14 8:22 AM

Nedrose is paying only $200,000 this year in tuition, because they can only sell bonds for 20 years, the yearly bond payment is closer to 1.4 million a year. In their literature they show a 58.3% increase in taxable valuations, clearly they are projecting high in hope of passing a levy vote. Get the real facts before you vote on the 20th, the numbers just don't add up.

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Feb-17-14 8:19 PM

People keep talking about the school land trust. The money from the trust is unavailable to schools for construction. The trust law must be changed by a change in the ND Constitution and a change in federal law. Until these things happen that money is unavailable period. If the Minot Public School's bond issue fails again, I hope no one complains when class sizes increases and the district lines are redrawn which could mean that your first grader goes to one school and your third grader could be attending another school. Also, as a Minot tax payer, I hope that since South Prairie will have their own high school in the future, that all of their students take classes and extra curricular activities only in South Prairie unless and only if their is available space in the Minot Public School system. Harsh maybe but its the only fair way to deal with over crowded schools in the future.

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Feb-17-14 5:17 PM

Nedrose's tax estimates are based on the construction of OVER 2000 additional residental units. Tax increases will definitely be greater then they are saying. Voting NO on February 20th!

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Feb-17-14 5:10 PM

Sss: Many quoted or paying $1,500 to $25,000 per month b4 ACA, now pay $900 per month. Big money falls hard--give change a chance.

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Feb-17-14 5:06 PM

Sss: my bs/bc more than doubled 5 times in 25 years starting with the reagan years. Who did u blame then.

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Feb-17-14 6:16 AM

and those of us that pay taxes are expected to start paying 300%+ increases in health ins. premiums brought to you by Blue Cross/Barack's Boys Govt Funded tax wealth re-distribution plan along with more property taxes?

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Feb-16-14 5:49 PM

I agree with the letter addition, the tax relief finally has allowed us to not to have to pay extra for escrow for next year's taxes and keep house payments the same, and we finally have money left over from the escrow account as well....So you increase taxes no property tax stupid.....and what is the role of the Minot Public School Foundation's job then? It's not raising monies for a new school then.....maybe they need to change their focus then.....oh and as for that water bill they took last month's bill and repeated it even though we may have used less does that work?

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Feb-16-14 3:16 PM

Excellent article--completely agree. Also agree with the first 3 comments. What plans do they have for the money they have hoarded?

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Feb-16-14 12:42 PM

There is the school lands trust fund and if the title of the entity has any significance, then the money in the fund should go to schools and school districts.

Better begin to plan on that because the sooner the better. There is no chance the bond issue vote is going to pass with another lame attempt at it like the recent lame attempt in December.

I do believe the property tax reduction from state supporting funds is an attempt to kill the movement to eliminate property taxes. Looking like that to me. A lot of politics when they see an immediate loss of funding. The money tree can't be felled and burned for fire wood.

A reduction in my property tax didn't help much since my monthly water bill has doubled, therefore, the city has regained any monies lost to property tax reductions and have probably received a few dollars more.

I will sign a petition to eliminate property taxes. The state and local govs have killed the goose that laid the golden egg.

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Feb-16-14 10:49 AM

The Nedrose Public School sent us Election Information showing they want to increase our property taxes to pay for their $18 million dollar expansion. This information showed they could get $10 million from the state of ND at 1.5% interest and the rest from 4.5% bonds. These two loans paid over 30 years would cost around $900,000 per year. Their information also showed that in 2012 they paid $892,512 to send grades 9-12 to Minot. If this 2012 amount has increased slightly, they currently have more than enough to pay for this expansion and NO extra money is needed from property owners. The property owners in Minot already pay the government way too much to live in their own houses. Since this increase in property taxes is unnecessary, please vote NO on February 20.

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