We are writing concerning the future location of Nexus and the proposed tax
abatement for them. We have owned property in Bradbury Township since 1978,
and before that my parents moved here in 1945.
We moved here to get away from the city life of Minneapolis and Anoka. We
graduated from Onamia and Isle schools, and we wanted to return to retire
here and enjoy the peace and quiet of the country.
We were upset when we found out, through the Messenger, that we were going
to have a big corporation move in next door to us. This to us will mean:
trees will be taken down, a parking lot built, three story buildings erected
and security lights put up. What will that do to the peace and tranquility
of our country home and the neighborhood?
We feel there is a need for Nexus but not out in a residential area with
families, seniors and a day care right down the road.
We have been paying real estate taxes all our lives and are on a fixed
income with our taxes going up every year.
We just do not feel it is fair to us and other taxpayers to have Nexus, a
multi-millionaire corporation, get a tax abatement for up to 15 years. Let
them pay like the rest of us.
We also believe they should be moving to a commercial area, not a
Gloria and Lenin Leaf, Bradbury Township
In a letter dated May 30, 2007 to
County Commissioner Frank Courteau, Nexus CEO Jim D'Angelo stated:
"We have stated from
the beginning, and I can say again unequivocally, that Nexus will not build
its new campus in Onamia without this [property tax] exemption."
The Minnesota Department of
Revenue and Mille Lacs County denied tax exemption to Nexus.
have stated from the beginning, and
we can say again, that Nexus will not leave Onamia without this
[property tax] abatement.
Where else would they go?