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Letter -- City wants a fistful of blank checks to use

To the editor: I have done a little home work on the proposed Dickinson City Ordinance 1351. Considering what was presented in the past and the commitment elected officials made before the sales tax elections, I am voting no on June 10, 2008. In ...

To the editor:

I have done a little home work on the proposed Dickinson City Ordinance 1351. Considering what was presented in the past and the commitment elected officials made before the sales tax elections, I am voting no on June 10, 2008.

In the election on the 1 percent sales tax, there was a stated position dedicating 50 percent of the sales tax to street projects, bonded indebtedness and property tax reduction. The city decided to spend all the funds for that segment for the last five years on street projects.

I will admit everyone in and around Dickinson benefited. But if you look at the column (Frequently Asked Questions sheet distributed by Destiny Dickinson where 30 percent of the tax is spent on capital improvements to enhance social and economic vitality of Dickinson and the region, the city of Dickinson spent $640,000.00 on the golf course and the Southwest Speedway.

I find it hard to believe that money benefited everyone in the Dickinson area, especially in these times and when a portion of the people doesn't know what a "green fee" is. Also with gasoline high and approaching $4 a gallon, should taxpayers subsidize driving as fast as you can in tight circles? I don't have anything against golf or speedways but these things have crossed my mind when property taxes are out of line!

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In the election on the one-half percent sales tax, the second goal right after construction, repairs and operation of West River Community Center was property tax reduction. I was informed by a proponent of the WRCC that it was self sustaining.

Then I find out that does not include an $80,000 per month bond payment. I was never good at the new accounting methods.

To the city's credit, they have granted $210,500.00 over five (5) years in property tax reduction. That equals $30 per property over five (5) years.

But wait, the city has 1.7 million dollars $1,700,000 on account in the bank from this half cent sales tax. I am bewildered we have only received $6 per year in property tax relief.

Now the city wants permission to launch in unapproved waters with a fist full of blank checks. On June 10 vote no and maybe we will see some property tax relief.

If a proponent asks why "no" just say "What part of property tax relief don't you understand."

Leon L. Mallberg

Dickinson

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