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District 88 referendum set Aug. 12

To build new school, remodel existing schools; projects contingent upon MDE approval

April 25, 2014

By Kremena Spengler Staff Writer NEW ULM — The District 88 School Board on Thursday decided, on a 6-1 vote, to call a referendum Aug....

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Apr-27-14 8:12 PM

If you are farming that acreage or renting it out, then consider it a tax on your business, just like any other business that is taxed. If you are using it for personal use, consider it a good deal that you aren't getting taxed anymore. I wonder what the property tax would be on 80 acres within city limits.

I don't like the property tax model, either. It unfairly taxes people based on the value of their property. Plenty of people on fixed incomes live in nice houses that were paid off in their working years when there was more money at their disposal. I talked to Senator Dahmes about my disagreement with this form of taxation and he said that if you have high-value property, you probably have enough money for the taxes. Take the issue up with the legislature if you don't like it.

In the mean time, this is the only way that they school can raise the funds that it needs to build. I wish there was a better way, but there isn't at this point.

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Apr-27-14 5:25 PM

just because someone is "sitting" on a million dollars worth of land doesnt mean they are going to sell it, that is how we make our living, are you willing to sell someone the rights to your job for the sake of paying your bills? Try Again

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Apr-27-14 2:37 PM

Many people make more than $15 an hour. Typically your house, and thus your property taxes will be somewhat in proportion to your income.

If you have 80 acres, you are sitting on anywhere between $800,000 and $1M of land. Ate toy sure you can't afford it?

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Apr-27-14 1:27 PM

also,,if you and your wife both make 15 dollars an hour, which BTW many people don't make, than using your simple math, in 25 years you and your wife will retire as "millionaires" !! wow that was easy! oh wait, there is that pesky electric bill, and oh yeah dang groceries, gas and doggone it I forgot about clothing, and God forbid you have kids to feed and clothe , sorry that 1 and a half million isnt gonna make you rich my friend, and have you not heard of income tax witholding?

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Apr-27-14 1:23 PM

what about the charge if you own 80 acres? using your rational, as long as you can pay for something over say, 25 years it will neer be a hardship for you? tell that to young people starting out, old people living check to check on social security who still happen to own their home, you can spin it however you want, in the end it's still money that will be added to taxes on top of what is now being levied for Dist 88

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Apr-27-14 1:47 AM

If you make $15 an hour for the next 25 years and your spouse makes $15 an hour and neither one of you ever get a raise, you will make $1,500,000 in those 25 years.

If you live in a $100,000 home (taxable value) then your total contribution to this new school in those 25 years at $57 per year will be $1425. $1425 out of $1,500,000 is about 1/10%.

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Apr-27-14 1:38 AM

Typical "It's all about me" conservative. In 25 years, you will have three 75-year-old overcrowded schools. Have fun replacing 3 buildings in a short period of time. I guess it is just easier to pass the problem on to our children, huh?

In the mean time, what do you propose to do to eliminate the overcrowding? Would you like to rent some more portable classrooms at something like $50,000 a year including utilities?

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Apr-26-14 4:52 PM

so I'm an idiot huh? I dont care that its over 25 years, its still 7000 dollars less any increases for inflation or never mind what that 7000 would be like in my retirement account in 25 years. My tax statement has all kinds of money going to Dist 88 now, will those moneys be removed if this passes? Typical Democratic Liberal you are, if someone doesnt agree with you just shout them own and call them names.

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Apr-26-14 12:47 PM

Careaboutsnivelrights: That's over the course 25 years, you idiot. In other words, Peanuts! Plus, you'll be dead before then. What are you worried about ? Relax!

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Apr-25-14 1:45 PM

just re-read the article, 25 years! thats 7000 bucks! no thanks

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Apr-25-14 1:44 PM

So, 280 dollars for what? 20 years? i think not, VOTE NO

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