November 6, 2010 at 7:00 pm in INFORUM
Fargo consumers will pay a 7.5 percent sales tax starting April 1 when Cass County’s half-cent rate approved on Tuesday takes effect. Continue Reading
Tags: Cass County, Dennis Walaker, Fargo, flooding, Mike Williams, Minnesota, North Dakota, sales tax, taxes, West Fargo 17 Comments »
What exactly are we buying with this new tax?
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There is nothing specific, and generally, when there is nothing specific in government, the government uses it for whatever it wants as long as it has some vague notion of the original “intent” of the legislation….
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It’s specifically for flood control, the exact method will be determined in the near future. We are being smart by saving some money right away so we don’t have borrow to pay for the whole thing. What’s wrong with that concept? Apparently the rest of you either live in BFE where you come into Fargo once a week to buy essentials or you pay for everything with credit cards and never have a savings.
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How can this happen when we have a nearly 1 Billion State Surplus? This is ridiculous. They need to put some in a fund for a rainy day, build some infrastructure, keep annual spending low and refund the rest to the taxpayers.
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kingscourt; How can this happen when we have a nearly 1 Billion State Surplus? First what Fargo does has nothing with what the State has. The people of Fargo will not let it be part of property tax. With sales tax they get every that shops in Fargo to help pay. Fargo sales tax is the most unfair tax there is because over half the people that shop in Fargo are not from Fargo and could not vote on this tax. You can say don’t shop in Fargo if you don’t like it but most of these have no other place that they can shop.
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First, property taxes are going to tax people shopping here proportionately or close to proportionately because the business owners with the property tax are simply going to pass that cost on to consumers.
Also, the people that come here to shop rely on our infrastructure to buy goods and services, so why shouldn’t they be just as obliged to pay for it?
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You are only right if 100% of the property tax would fall on the backs of the business owners. Only the PORTION of the the total propoerty tax that had to be paid by business owners would be passed on to the consumers.
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yaaa …but! if you take into account the lost revenue stores will have in account of most of the areas residents having less to spend then possibly it will equal itself a tad more. I just get all depressed when property has to be rented from the government and the rent rate increases…
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Kyle; First I want to apologize for my third grade grammar. Second do you like to pay for something you had no say in? At best some of these sales taxes should have been county, not city sales taxes. Out of town shoppers use very little of Fargo infrastructures, because infrastructures are paid for by businesses and passed on in their prices.
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Is it better and more moral that 51% can control what the other 49% of people do not want? It is the nature of government to be unfair to the minority. The rural folks are, in this case, the minority, thus they get trampled upon by the majority.
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I should have said that out of town shoppers do pay for infrastructures, because infrastructures are paid for by businesses and passed on in their prices
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Refund the rest to the taxpayers? I hope you’re including the Oil Companies. That’s where a majority of this new wealth is coming from. Or were you just looking for a handout from corporate as well?
I do agree with you on the infrastructure however. North Dakota could spend that on transmission line capacity to actually sell the new wind powered electricity it’s producing. Could also repair some of the roads aroud the state and also lay a new fiber optic backbone across the state (at least through Fargo and Bismarck along I-94). Compared to other states, we are joke, infrastructure-wise.
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There is no such thing as a government surplus. Budgets are supposed to be balanced. North Dakota is overtaxing those of us in the private sector. The state legislature always votes to jack up the compensation of all the slackers on the state payroll at the end of every session!
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Everyone from northeastern ND shops in Fargo. Canadians do too (although they can request their sales tax back). The people from Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Cando, Rugby, Grafton, etc. etc. are going to be the people who have the most to complain about here.
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Thanks alot republicans
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Just how the heck do you blame Republicans for this? The driving force is Walaker, a Democrat.
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How come the Forum dropped out the language about flood control in the 1% sales tax? From the City of Fargo web site:
Infrastructure Sales Tax
On June 13, 2006, citizens of Fargo voted to amend Artcle 3 of the Home Rule Charter to authorize collection of a one percent municipal sales, gross receipt and use tax. This commenced January 1, 2009 and will expire on December 31, 2028.
The City of Fargo will use this sales tax for infrastructure capital improvements which may include the following: streets and traffic management; water supply and treatment needs, including construction or expansion of water treatment facilities; water distribution system needs; sewage treatment and collection system needs, including construction or expansion of sewage treatment facilities, and flood protection projects.
On June 30, 2009, citizens of Fargo voted to amend Article 3 of the Home Rule Charter to authorize collection of a one-half percent municipal sales, gross receipt and use tax. This commenced January 1, 2010 and will expire on December 31, 2029. This sales tax is utilized by the City of Fargo for flood risk protection, mitigation and reduction.
The city already had 1 1/2% tax working towards flood projects.
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