FARGO – Public officials supporting Cass County’s proposed half-cent sales tax for flood protection stood on the banks of the Red River this morning and urged voters to approve the tax or continue to risk a catastrophic flood.
The residents of Fargo have a choice to make Tuesday on whether to enact a half-cent sales tax to fund the local share of permanent flood protection. Issues of taxation are never easy. The decisions on how to fund projects that benefit the public good are some of the most difficult that elected officials face. This is especially true when deciding on such emotional issues that affect the safety and well-being of the people we are charged with protecting.
Tim Mahoney, Brad Wimmer, Mike Williams and Dave Peipkorn
, June 28, 2009
It’s great that North Dakota is one of the few states with a surplus. A surplus suggests that the state has handled its finances well, the economy is good here, we’ve been overtaxed, or a combination of these. In any case, what better use for a surplus than to provide permanent flood protection for a large number of North Dakota residents?
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