October 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
The co-chairman of a committee opposing Cass County’s sales tax for flood control criticized the ballot measure Tuesday as a “blind tax” with no approved project to fund. Continue Reading
Tags: Cass County, Diversion, Fargo, Flood, flooding, Jon Lindgren, Minnesota, Moorhead, North Dakota, Red River, sales tax 11 Comments »
This is a statewide issue, for both Minnesota AND North Dakota. It should be state taxes that pay for it.
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so does this mean the flood issue will go on and on and on fueled by people that have nothing better to do than stir the pot? (this is a cooking pot) and try to make it linger and linger till we are under water? my thought is to skip the deversion and take the land by eminent sp? domain and put up a dike instead like grand forks did it’s not the city of Fargo’s fault if houses are built in the flood plain built it there!! and lindgren mind your own business
Don, I wish watershed management was as simple as putting up a dike and to hell with the rest. Everything you do upstream effects what happens downstream. Dikes pile up the water, and send it rushing twice as fast downstream. This compounds with every dike that the water encounters, translating into worse flooding downstream.. Remember what happened in Grand Forks in ’97?
Putting in a diversion does this too, except it holds the water back a LITTLE. What we need is to have the water held back BEFORE it reaches Fargo, and released in a manner that reduces the flooding all the way past Winnepeg.
Well lets get Lindgren and his cronies out there now and start sand bagging since they want to work against this tax to help the cities with their share of the cost. Lindgren, what an embarassment to the F-M community.
We’ve been dealing with this flooding issue for the past umpteen years and will still be dealing with it 50 years from now. They were ‘studying’ possibilities when i moved here 10 years ago. What is so hard about digging a canal and lots of ‘pools’ and building a big long cement wall? I understand we need to protect our environment, but whatever gets done (or doesn’t get done) is going to affect our environment, we can’t protect it all. Fortunately we have a BIG environment.
At what point do we say, “enough is enough, we’re building something NOW”
When they finally do come up with a plan, it’s going to take several years of impact studies, and then more years of more ‘planning’, then coming up with a way to pay for it, then several years before the project is even finished. I won’t even mention all the other red tape and protests that will arise throughout the process.
By then we’ll all be wearing floaties and waders.
People who are pushing this tax come up with novel excuses, property taxes will increase, it is standard practice to start salting away money for projects before they are started and on and on. Here is the problem with all of those: There is no project. When there is, we can talk about taxes to pay for it.
Sir, I respectfully disagree. There will be a project and the sooner we start paying for it, the better.
West Fargo built a diversion and WE PAID for it. I don’t care if it’s too expensive for Fargo residents to pay for. Not my problem! Build your diversion and pay for it yourself. I really don’t care to participate in contributing to the cost. I typically tend to disagree with Jon on what he has to say, but he is 100% correct on this issue. There is no project.
Jeff, If you don’t care and if it’s not YOUR problem, then why are you even commenting on OUR problem. One way or the other this affects you just as well as everyone else in this area. If you don’t care to contribute to the cost, then maybe you should keep your ‘thoughts’ to yourself and STAY over in YOUR town.
According to the leaders of Fargo, West Fargo will benefit because the new project will be protect for a 500 year flood so that means we get to help pay for it but don’t have a say in it. So yes it is my problem
Well when you come over to Fargo and patronize businesses over here, which you do at some point or another, you are contributing to our taxes. I live on the Fargo side but I have no qualms about spending my money in Fargo, WF, or Mhd. Yes we may be separate municipalities, but we’re all one community and what happens to one affects us all. And who says you don’t have a say in it? Get in your car and drive over to the next City/County meeting, just because you’re not a Fargo resident doesn’t mean you can’t go to the meeting and voice your opinion. And you can use your ‘voice’ Nov 2 on the ballot.
Regardless, something needs to be done. This is getting ridiculous year after year.
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