Wednesday, November 7, 2007
School Referendum Passes!
Mille Lacs News Staff Writer
With the passing of the school referendum for an operational
levy as well as an additional levy to fix the track, there will be a
significant increase in everyone's property taxes. The majority of voters
have made a statement: they are in favor of all of us in the district paying
higher taxes. But after all, our tax money will go to a worthy cause: to
support the education of children within our community. Who can really argue
with that? However, the next question is, will they also support the raising
of taxes to support students from other distant communities - the sex
offenders at NEXUS - when the City of Onamia grants tax abatement to this
multi-million dollar corporation, which has a 38 million dollar annual
budget and made over a million dollars in profits last year?
Unfortunately, the voters won't have an opportunity to vote
on the NEXUS tax abatement. It is out of their hands. In Onamia, the NEXUS
Tax abatement decision lies in the judgment of only five individuals -
Mayor Larry Milton and the four city councilmen: Bob Mickus, Mark Loch, Bill
Hill, and Jerome Kryzer, all of whom have made it perfectly clear that they
intend to grant NEXUS free taxes for the next fifteen years while passing
NEXUS' tax burden onto already over-burdened tax-paying citizens. But
considering the conflicts of interest here, why wouldn't they grant NEXUS
tax abatement? It may not be to the average citizens' advantage, but keeping
NEXUS in Onamia works for them... It goes back to the question of who the
Onamia councilmen are working for - the citizens or for themselves.
NEXUS has also applied for tax abatement with the county,
thereby again further raising everyone else's property taxes, should the
county commissioners see fit to make the same mistake as the Onamia guys.
Face it: somebody has to pay. If NEXUS doesn't feel like paying their
property taxes, then why not raise our taxes yet again? After all, we seem
to be in the mood! If the county grants NEXUS tax abatement, the Onamians
will be getting a quadruple whammy - school operational levy, levy to fix
the track, Onamia tax increase for NEXUS, and county tax increase for NEXUS.
Whew! That's a lot of taxes! Councilmen and Commissioners alike should
probably hope that the voters retain their enthusiasm when the Tax Man
cometh to collect. As taxes are going up, elections are coming up.