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Council Hears Comments on City Budget

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A public hearing on he 2014 proposed budget for the city of Minot made for standing room only at the city hall tonight.

The hot topic on the table tonight was property taxes and the city's proposal to raise them by 3.74 percent.

Minot residents weighed in on the potential raise in taxes.

Many of which voiced their opinions against the proposal.

The property tax is out of the question. Us flood victims have no more money. You can't take more from us.

When you complain about the evaluation, the attitude seems to be, if you don't like it. I don't want to move. I like it here.

You're looking to raise my water bill, you're looking to raise my taxes.

I'm asking you, what are we supposed to do? I have no more answers, somebody's gotta answer because it keeps going up and up and up. Where's the stopping point?"

The Minot city council listened to over an hour's worth of comments from the public.

City officials say they appreciated the public's effort to come forward with concerns.

(Bob Miller, Alderman)"I am very pleased that people decided to come out tonight and I very pleased.>>

(Amy Moen, Alderman)"They have made it very clear that they are done with this. I am done with this. This is why we ran...to represent who is sitting in the audience."

The city budget is still in the proposal phase.

No determination has been made yet on whether the property taxes will undergo the 3.74 percent increase.

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