October 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
What you need to know before voting
Cass County voters will head to the polls Tuesday and decide whether to support a half-cent sales tax for flood protection.
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Commissioners could change the policy as they see fit, but they still would have to adhere to the ballot language, which states the tax is to be used â€œfor the engineering, land purchase, construction, and maintenance of a Red River Diversion and other flood control measures.â€
The last 4 words are the most important – OTHER FLOOD CONTROL MEASURES!! Who will determine what qualifies as “Other Flood Control Measures? The commission at any point in time can say anything falls under the text of Other Flood Control Measures and we would have to go along with their whim. How can we be guaranteed they won’t use it for anything and say it fits the text??? We can’t because many many times politician lie to the public and do what they want.
The only way to get it right is to vote NO!! I have heard commissioner Vanyo side step that question on the radio and just don’t trust him. Him and King Denny are trying to scare/intimidate the public into voting for this with no clear plan or promise they won’t spend the money on a whim and call it flood protection.
Until the language is clearer I urge a NO vote!!!!!!!!!!!
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The reporter left out something very important. In the part where he discusses the cost per household, he, like the County Commissioners selling the measure, grossly understates what it will cost each resident and family. It will cost each resident, aduts and children, about $1,000 over the 20 years. That is $4,000 per family of four. Anyone can figure this by simply taking the population and dividing into the amount collected from Cass County residents. There is no escaping this fact. And, the question is, does anyone know what they are getting for their $4,000/household? I don’t.
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lindgren, you’re the biggest voice of the ACLU, freedom thinkers group, and gays in this region. You should move to California.
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Any tax increase proposal is a definate NO. Sales tax in this state is at a rediculous rate as it is allready. Didn’t Cass county just raise the sales tax 1/2 of a percent last year? There is no tax on food, and clothing in MN. I know it is just pennies on the dollar, but I see no need for this measure.
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Two things: our sales tax is very low compared to other states; especially considering that we have an state income tax and you misspelled three words and incorrectly capitalized another. People on this board should be required to take a minimum competency test prior to posting; some opinions are not even worth being heard.
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I agree, there should be some sort of minimum competency test to post on this site. By the way, fargotaxpayer – the phrase ‘we have AN state income tax’ should read ‘we have A state income tax’ and your coment that our sales tax is low; especially considering we have a state income tax makes no sense. You may have wanted to say ‘considering we have a LOW income tax rate’. Otherwise, the ‘considering’ portion of your comment actually contradicts the first part of the statement. If we have a competency test, YOU WILL FAIL.
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And for many of us that may include yours, but none of us have crititized your ability to post what you want, so just because we disagree with you doesn’t give you the right to do it. So why don’t you point out what is wrong with any of the previous posts???
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Did you know that all these political ads being run on TV do not pay sales tax. TV revenue is non taxable in ND. Think about it, they want to raise the tax on the food that you eat, while their personal costs remain at zero. We need to look at these non-taxable categories of sales tax and use the sales tax increase from these sources to fund all water projects in the state. Heck if we get Earl and Rick to run two more times, we could fund the Red River Diversion on their backs alone
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Why should we listen to anything Darrell Vanyo says. He signed documents all the time where he used to work and he had no Idea as to what he signed. To busy looking at the naked man statue I guess.
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As a Canadian friend of mine commented, “a conundrum, eh?” You have people who don’t like government and don’t like taxes. Drive over any Red River bridge and look to the side, briefly. With that perspective, you don’t trust the government to use any tax proceeds appropriately. But you trust those same people to save your homes when the river floods. You have much money in the government bank, yet you wish the federal government to pay millions of dollars to save your homes. Is this the same government you say taxes you to much and does nothing? Since one man cannot save his home from a flood he must have the help of other. And it seems the government is helper. So, do you wish the flood problem solved, yes or no? Do you trust the government to save your home when it floods, yes or no? It would seem if you like wet feet you should vote no.
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Nobody is saying no to flood protection. They are saying no to taxing people before there is even a set plan, with a set cost, and a set timeframe for completion. They are saying to no to taxing all of Cass County to provide Fargo with flood protection. Also, the protection from the flood was due to the people who chipped in to help their neighbors. Yes, goverment provided some of the man power and machinery, but without the help of the people, the battle would have been lost.
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This is a recipe for another government slush fund; I already pay more in ND income taxes than federal income taxes. Pay for my share of flood protection from that!
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Once again you make that income tax statement but you have yet to prove it even though you have been challenged about it many times.
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I am afraid that more sales tax will drive business away. The other part that bothers me is that it would go into effect so quickly. There is a lot of bid work out there that will have to eat the additional tax, and it won’t get a grandfather because the bid date was before the vote date.
Then to top it off we have all this vague phrasing.. Its an absolute NO in my book.
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Real subtle Forum, putting the river levels on the front page today.
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