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Published January 29, 2009, 12:00 AM

What Moorhead residents are saying about budget cuts


“The city has to keep shoveling snow and picking up garbage, and it’s really hard for me to guess where they could economize. I am a big supporter of the library, and I think the harder the times, the more people need the free services of the library. ... I think the emphasis on sports at the schools is way too much. I think it’s expensive and does not serve everybody.”

- Mary Jane Haugen, retired

  • “The city has to keep shoveling snow and picking up garbage, and it’s really hard for me to guess where they could economize. I am a big supporter of the library, and I think the harder the times, the more people need the free services of the library. ... I think the emphasis on sports at the schools is way too much. I think it’s expensive and does not serve everybody.”<br /><br />- Mary Jane Haugen, retired
  • “To tell you the truth, I think we have a pretty good city government as it is, and I’d hate to see them take anything away from education especially. I don’t know where they could cut. But I’d rather not see our property taxes go up. I think they’re high enough right now. I’d rather see a half-a-percent sales tax raise to come up with the money. <br /><br />- Paul Bakkum, owner of La Unica Mexican Market
  • “Raising property taxes seems like the worst of the solutions that could be made. It’s not an incentive to be a resident when you say, ‘Look at what we’re facing here. Let’s go somewhere else where we don’t have to worry about this.’<br /><br />Obviously you don’t want to skimp on a solid education. But extracurricular activities I think are expendable to an extent.”<br /><br />- Mike Kinzler, Moorhead Church of Christ minister
  • “The city has had so many cuts already, it’s hard to take more off of there. They might want to offer some retirement packages for people who are 55 and want to retire. I don’t like hearing about people getting laid off from their jobs. People have families and house payments.”<br /><br />- Kathleen Merz, artist
  • “I think raising taxes could be a viable solution. Most people probably won’t even notice if it will be little increase. ...  At the school district, cutting positions is the biggest thing they need to stay away from. If you have bigger class sizes, kids aren’t getting the education they deserve, and they’re not getting the one-on-one attention they need.”<br /><br />- Brenna Rolfer, Minnesota State University Moorhead student