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School growth questions

August 27, 2013

The Minot Public School district made it official on Monday: The district will ask residents to approve a $125 million bond to fund new school construction and security improvements....

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Aug-28-13 2:47 PM

Williston had a projection of student growth that did not materialize. There are homes going up, motels being built, apartments appearing and how many are allowed a property tax rebate? How many years before these new builds will help with this property tax? This will fall the normal cash cow. The landfill is suffering. How is the water plant holding out? Infrastructure on the streets is suffering. All of this does effect the children also. It effects the everyday life of the household. How will these cash cow properties pay for all of this and raise a family?

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Aug-28-13 8:47 AM

Now how fair is that some people's property taxes just by themselves are going up more than what they want from everybody for schools? Then you add this...some people will be paying more than $100 a month more for addition, water bills will be over $100 as well.....

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Aug-28-13 8:37 AM

Bismarck passed its school bond issue by over 80% this past year. Remember School district is separate from city government - two different issues. Both are supported by property taxes but they are separate. If you can run the city better - and I am not saying you couldn't - then run for city council.

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Aug-28-13 6:00 AM

"Mill levy, property taxes dropping for Bismarck 2014 budget." now there is a headline we'll never see in minot. they seem determined to tax us into submission. but we prbly have the highest rate of retired, 50 yr old employees with cadillac benefits in the state that we can be proud of. Why Not Minot? property/sales taxes for a couple reasons.

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Aug-27-13 7:09 PM

The info will come out in detail and you can get all details from the district business office. If Minot had kept its building fund like 99% of the rest of the ND cities and had passed bond issues as they were brought forward like a few years ago for a new grade school - this would not be such a hefty amount. Also, drive by the schools - Washington is one example and look at all the portables. Bond issues are used for building - period.

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Aug-27-13 6:10 PM

This is a highly glossed over presentation of where the money is to be spent. I could not get a loan of that size with such little information. I will not give a yes vote for such glossed over info. How did they come to such a rounded amount for these projects? Does this include sports programs? Matching grants? What other sources were sought?

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Aug-27-13 10:46 AM

Having our taxes go up by the amt specified is ridiculous.... Our taxes have gone up $800/year since we bought our house... Surely the funds can come from somewhere else.. I am all for good schools but surely there is another way...

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