Big Tax Hike Needed For City Budget

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Minot’s city budget for 2018 will require a 27 percent increase in contributions from property taxpayers.
That’s the bottom line for the budget given final approval by the City Council Thursday.

That’s the bottom line for the budget given final approval by the City Council Thursday night, over the objections of city workers who showed up to ask for the full pay raise that had been planned in a long-standing pay plan.

An official with the local police officers union argued that by cutting the planned pay increase in half – as proposed in the budget – would result in a loss of workforce.

(Aaron Moss, Minot Police Officer) “The motivation to look elsewhere is there and has been realized. We lose people to other jurisdictions, other states.”
(Josh Wolsky, Minot Alderman) “We are not talking about cutting anybody’s wages here. What we are talking about is reducing the amount of a raise.”

Two aldermen supported reinstating the full raise, but they were outvoted and the raise will stand at half the original proposed amount.
Meanwhile, some people spoke against the overall budget, saying the 27 percent increase in the amount of property tax funds required was simply too much.

(Larry Bellew, Minot Resident) “I am a retired senior on a fixed income. I will have a hard time handling these property tax increases. Tell me what do I give up to pay my taxes?” 

In the end, the budget passed and the city will require 22-point-7 million dollars in property tax funds for 2018.
That’s close to five million dollars more than the 2017 amount of 17-point-9 million dollars.
 

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