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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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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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Nov-26-13 4:37 PM

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

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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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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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Nov-26-13 2:38 AM


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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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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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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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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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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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Nov-24-13 8:34 AM

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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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