Wednesday October 10, 2007
One Down, Two to Go!
Nexus Property Tax
Mille Lacs News Staff Writer
District courageously stood up to the pressures exerted by NEXUS, a
multi-million dollar corporation who has threatened to leave Onamia if their
demands aren't met. The school portion of the NEXUS tax abatement
application was indeed denied, and rightfully so, considering how revenue
collected from NEXUS would greatly help the school district, as well as the
NEXUS claims to be
an asset to the Onamia community and a "good neighbor", yet it keeps trying
to get out of paying property taxes - revenue which might in fact be the
only advantage of keeping the Mille Lacs Academy here. NEXUS has a
pattern of exaggerating supposed benefits and downplaying its negative
effects. For instance, it claims to be a source of employment, but most of
the employees commute from far away communities, which means, of course that
they spend their money outside of the area. So, in essence, yes the MLA
provides employment, but no, it doesn't help our local economy much. Same
thing with money spent in the community. Yes the MLA spends money in the
community, BUT most of it goes to Ed Hupler and Bill Hill. There you go. Not
very helpful to our community after all.
taxes.... Now THAT is a way NEXUS could help the entire county - simply by
paying what it owes in property taxes! And yet, this corporation (with its
annual budget of $38 million dollars), the most expensive sex offender
facility of its kind in Minnesota, says it cannot afford to pay its taxes.
In fact, Jim D'Angelo has stated unequivocally that NEXUS would leave the
county if it were denied property tax exemption. Yet, exemption was denied
and here they STILL remain, begging now for tax abatement.
But they couldn't
fool the school district. It is so obvious that NEXUS could easily pay what
it owes. Keep in mind that although it claims to be "not-for-profit", there
is a lot of money to be made from sex offenders.