Letter: Why should West Fargo businesses pay for the the fairgound's specials?

Tintes argues that nonprofits should not be exempt from specials.

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As a property owner along West Main Avenue in West Fargo I agree that all property owners should pay their fair share of specials. Just because they are nonprofit, that should not play into the equation.

From what I understand, the property owners along West Main Avenue have paid the Red River Valley Fairground's share of the specials in the latest upgrades to Main Avenue. The fairgrounds use Main Avenue as much as the rest of us, along with the new upgrades to the sewer and water systems, so something must be done to correct this.


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One way to correct this is to have all Cass County taxpayers pay for these specials in the future. The fairgrounds benefit everyone in this area, from sales tax, to jobs, to entertainment. If West Fargo annexes this area, so be it, but spread those costs to all of Cass County.
Joe Tintes lives in West Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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