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Nexus "Fact Sheet" page 2 cont.
"Mille Lacs Academy is a vibrant contributor
to our local economy. We spend money in the community and our staff spend
their own money in the community. This money goes to local merchants who
sell more items, employ more workers and keep the cycle of economic activity
spinning." [Speaking of spinning, what
businesses in town benefit significantly from the sex offenders being here?
We're not saying that MLA spends nothing in Onamia, but let's face it, there
aren't many businesses left in the town, let alone the county which are capable
of supporting the needs of a sex offender facility such as this.]
"All of this generates taxes that build
local infrastructure like roads and sewers as well as services like police
etc." [Yes and we taxpayers have to
pay for it all, including Nexus' share! Nexus, a multi-million dollar
corporation with an annual budget of over 38 million dollars and having made
over $4 million dollars in PROFITS last year, has received tax abatement
from the city and the county. Nexus has no business talking to us about the
taxes which they have managed to avoid paying at our expense. Their business
is built on taxpayer money. WE SUBSIDIZE NEXUS! We even pay for all of their
police calls that 'one incident' plus the other 388.]
The number of Nexus employees has varied in report. Straight answers are
hard to come by when dealing with Nexus. Our figures indicate that 64% of
Mille Lacs Academy employees live outside of the county. Only a few
employees live in or near Onamia. Most commute from places like Brainerd,
Little Falls, St. Cloud, Aitkin, etc.
MLA Executive Director Paul Smith
commutes all the way from Foley Minnesota. He said he doesn't want to live
next to "a school." (Doesn't Foley have schools? hmmm) Why doesn't
he want to live near to the Mille Lacs Academy?
Current Nexus claim:
Next we witness some juggling, some lies by omission, as well
as general bamboozlement. For instance, well over half of the $600,000 Nexus
claims to be spending here is indeed for rent at Crosier. Therefore, with
the new building, Crosier and the community will be losing that money. Nexus
omits mentioning how much money the school district pays to Nexus.
The construction crews and building materials will not be
local. The cost of the building has fluctuated between $6 million and $14
million +, depending on who Nexus is talking to. The $14 million dollar
building will do nothing to benefit our community.
This local infrastructure does not follow the 1978 city
plan (the last one we have to go by), does not leapfrog or complete circuits
- but is a straight line running to and
serving no one but Nexus. The road
upgrades are for Nexus. However, added traffic in the new location may very
well create problems with old roads which will have to be repaired with
taxpayer money. Hard to say since NO TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDIES HAVE BEEN
BOTTOM LINE: This brochure is all
propaganda to convince us that
Nexus is a benefit, when its not.
is our community, our home, and we take community involvement seriously.
is our intent to be a good and a thoughtful neighbor."
We don't think that
a little leaf-raking is worth having sex offenders in our neighborhood. In
the seventeen years Nexus has been in the community, nothing special comes
to mind in terms of contributions or community involvement. We're still
waiting for the Nexus Library or the Nexus Firetruck or the Nexus park
bench. Instead, what do we get? Higher taxes to pay for Nexus' abatement.
Higher taxes to pay for the sheriff and police calls. What do we get? A very
raw deal indeed.
Nexus has not respected the rights, opinions, or feelings
of their prospective new neighbors. Why would that change?