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Minot needs bond issue

November 24, 2013

Chad Wolsky, Minot In December, Minot voters will have a choice regarding the direction of our public school system....

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Legend

Nov-30-13 10:09 AM

Many minot people need a tax break instead of a bond issue. Vote no because they must listen and cannot ridicule the individual for disagreeing with them. Vote no to protect what little money many in this city have left.

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ChasinND

Nov-27-13 11:31 PM

ceci***eli, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES. Your not fooling anybody, We all know the vote is Dec. 10th and we going to vote a big NO. Now go stick your head in the sand bank with the rest of the school board!!!

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Legend

Nov-27-13 12:38 AM

Our city sold us on MADC with a 1% sales tax to pay 4 it. They could have sold us on school infrastructure instead. b4 that it was for flood control dams in canada for $42 million--they could have sold us on school infrastructure instead. now the same power people want school money. both the dams and the madc project have a dark past. previous state tax relief was stolen by the county through raised taxes. can u understand why many will now say no?

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Legend

Nov-27-13 12:27 AM

I did not say the schools spent on frills. our tax money is paid to the city in sales tax and the county in property tax. both the city and county pass out undedicated funds to projects like padded seats in the arena, improvements to the state fair center, MSU, hockey. the list is endless and i can't recall if any went to school infrastructure--where it all could and probably should have gone.

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Cutperfect

Nov-26-13 4:37 PM

@legend What "frills" has the school district spent money on?

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Cutperfect

Nov-26-13 4:32 PM

@Mule I agree with you that the need is there. The old Minot High School would not be lost in this. It would become a much needed 3rd middle school in the district. The school district has nothing to do with city sales tax. The 1 cent city sales tax was to reduce the city's portion of property tax and had nothing to do with the school district.

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muleskinner

Nov-26-13 10:26 AM

Mr. Wolsky does have a good command of his writing skills. Very convincing letter and the reasons for improved infrastructure for Minot's school system are stated clearly and concisely.

You have to give him an 'A' for both content and effort.

No doubt about it, Minot's school system is in need of some improvements. A second high school would be great. How about the old Minot High? It could be a high school again, like it was once upon a time.

However, the funding mechanism is flawed. Tapping the homeowner once again after the 1-cent sales tax promise of reducing property tax burden is adding insult to injury.

So, the vote still has to be a 'no' vote, even if the need is there.

Go to the state's School Lands Trust Fund Board, with hat in hand, and do your explaining to them why there is a need for funding instead of squeezing blood from tur****.

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cecilsdeli

Nov-26-13 2:38 AM

VOTE NO DECEMBER 9TH!

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Legend

Nov-25-13 10:47 PM

Happy Thanksgiving to all who speak out and those who don't for fear of repercussion. The pro side is running ads. Most interesting that the cons have not. ND40: the pros always advertise their wishes while the cons seldom do. It is kind of like the political parties of today. One side often holds their opinion because they don,t want to get yelled at. It is the same in minot. Don't let anything get in the way of voting because the deck is stacked against the cons with all the "yes" people, money people, club people, entertainment people, school people, city council etc. There is an old saying "nothing good has to be sold"; i.e.anything good will sell itself. They are selling because they want our money for their idea--you see they spent what we already gave them.

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Legend

Nov-25-13 10:21 AM

Vote no because many of our best teachers were fired in 1969 for wanting a little more than 50th in the nation for pay. Vote no because many of our state politicians said they would correct our low teacher pay yet we are still 49th i think. Vote no because we had enough to raise teacher pay and update schools but spent it instead on frills.

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Legend

Nov-25-13 10:21 AM

Vote no because many of our best teachers were fired in 1969 for wanting a little more than 50th in the nation for pay. Vote no because many of our state politicians said they would correct our low teacher pay yet we are still 49th i think. Vote no because we had enough to raise teacher pay and update schools but spent it instead on frills.

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Legend

Nov-24-13 7:00 PM

I challenge the writer to be specific about "misinformation" and ask why we should have done more than we did since 1974 when our population was near stagnant and families continue to have fewer children.

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Legend

Nov-24-13 4:12 PM

The writer ignored the new and bigger Ramstad. If minot were proactive we would not have spent $17 million in state money on a new grandstand. Our muckety mucks would not be planning a new event center. Are hockey and MSU sports more important than school? Look at all the frills our misleaders have spent our money on since 1974. The list is everything but schools and most of it is corporate welfare. You accuse objectors to misinformation? How about the tax relief attempted by the state and eaten up by local tax increases? a high percentage of our children live in a home that looks like a "portable". Vote no because of the misinformation we have been fed for so long.

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concerned

Nov-24-13 11:20 AM

Legislation/Attorney General's Office has been asked to review the need and for a public opinion on the issue. I just don't see how some people already getting $1,000 slapped on the wrist a year because of property valuations going up before the bond can make ends meet? The issue needs to be looked into more closely. I agree it's the will of the people that need to be heard more and no is the vote.

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citizen24

Nov-24-13 9:57 AM

I know schools dont have authority to charge a sales tax to fund school construction but apparently cities do if we gave money to Ryan for bleachers right?

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citizen24

Nov-24-13 9:54 AM

And I agree that its too bad we cant use that 1 cent going to economic development to new school because I think its about 10 million a year on avg last few years collected. Public passed a city ordinance to give sales tax money to curling club and Ryan high school. Is it possible to convert economic development penny to school fund?

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citizen24

Nov-24-13 9:49 AM

Just for clarification after post below . Don't we just pay one cent sales tax for economic development? Other penny was for NAWS but we voted to split three ways for public building fund, infrastructure and prop tax relief?

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Legend

Nov-24-13 9:29 AM

Minot needs lower taxes, less congestion, less corporate welfare, more honesty in Government, less greed. The state has oil and sales tax money to pay for our school needs. MADC is killing us--put it to a vote to close it down. Is this madness some call "progress" ever to end? WHAT is the end goal? Greed does not end. VOTE NO and place a vote against greed.

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NoDakBoy

Nov-24-13 9:08 AM

Schools that cannot be paid for by sales tax. Schools are paid for by property taxes and state foundation aid payments. The School Land Trust Fund might be able to assist but not before legislation is changed at the state and Federal level. That isn't going to happen overnight and will likely not happen for several years to come. The need is NOW! Vote yes, then let's work together to try and lesson the burden locally by targeting our legislature. A vote no will drive up the price tag and leaves Minot with overcrowding in all schools.

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Independent

Nov-24-13 8:34 AM

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Tommy7

Nov-24-13 12:39 AM

Deer Chad, If you want to pay higher taxes, go ahead, Maybe you can afford to, maybe you were not furloughed and lost over $1200 in wages this year. Look we already have a tax in place that could eliminate the need for the bond issue; it is called the Magic City Fund. This 2% tax was designed to provide incentives for new start up business for job creation. Well we all know we don't need the fund any more. Yet we continue to pay the 2% on almost every dollar we spend on the local economy through the sales tax. I suggest we change the name to the Magic City School Fund. No new taxes, rather moving an existing tax to new projects for the betterment of Minot! Signed Someone Who Cannot Afford More Taxes

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