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Bare in mind the
current mayor and councilmen and city manager have had control
of the budget for two years, two budgets, There Is No Excuse!
They all knew in advance of these issues, They campaigned on
these issues, They were hired knowing of these issues!
In fact they changed the way the Minot City Council is
operated with their Make Minot program or whatever it was
supposed to be.
We now have Shaun Sipma
for Mayor, Sipma with Make
Minot got the city council
overhauled and got him and Josh
Wolsky on the city council.
it is in the
can do about
how we got
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Municipal finance doesnít engender public confidence
Itís complicated. Details are constantly shifting. For that matter
rules are often changing. What we see of it today has little to do
with the decision makers of today.
It is thus often frustrating, aggravating and easy to
misunderstand. Itís complicated. Details are constantly shifting.
For that matter rules are often changing.
What we see of it today has little to do with the decision makers
of today. It is thus often frustrating, aggravating and easy to
Municipal finance/public sector budgeting is convoluted so it is
little wonder that so many seem to lack confidence in major
projects and investment budgets.
Consider that just recently the Northwest Area Water Supply
project (NAWS) has been cited as one of the reasons for the City
of Minotís budget challenges.
ďThatís where the majority of the pressure is coming from inside
this budget,Ē City Manager Tom Barry said of NAWS last week.
The shift of sales tax back to NAWS takes $1.2 million from
property tax relief and $1.6 million from infrastructure
It takes $1.2 million from community facilities, which the city
re-allocated this year for flood protection.
Barry said the shift in sales tax adds more than 19 mills to the
As reported in Minot Daily News, thatís caused some in the
community to question where the NAWS money is going because voters
believed the project had enough
money in reserves when they voted in 2011 to redirect the NAWS
penny. Barry said the money in reserves was believed to be enough
ďThat has since turned out not to be the case,Ē he said.
Later in the week, we learned that the budget to maintain roads in
no way comes close to what is needed.
Almost $6 million a year is needed in street maintenance
funding to keep the overall condition of Minotís city streets from
according to information provided to members of the Minot
City Council Wednesday. The city has been spending about $3
million a year on maintenance.
At $3 million a year, street conditions will continue to
deteriorate as a backlog of projects occurs, City Engineer Lance
Even at nearly $6 million a year, a backlog would exist. To
eliminate the backlog in five years, the city would have to spend
about $11.6 million a year, figures showed.
Is it any wonder there is ample public cynicism when presented
with budget and spending projections?
Is there really any wonder why people might be dubious of
what flood protection will end up costing?
Sometimes this cynicism unfortunately descends into paranoia when
todayís officials are unfairly and dishonestly labeled corrupt or
incompetent for these realities.
Todayís officials didnít set these things in motion. Informed
observers recognize that the current administration
is so busy trying to mitigate for bad decisions from the past that
its own agenda must often take a back seat.
So they are putting the blame of bad decisions on the 12 years
Curt Zimbelman was mayor, retired employee of Senator John
Hoeven, owner First Western Bank!
Hoeven and his buddy Steve Larson who brought the Imagine Minot
and parking ramps to town in 2010. Larson was ousted from his
company EID Passport,
which has also changed names, the city of Minot is suing Imagine
Minot, Cypress, whatever name their using.
Still, better communication would soften the blow of some of this
spending news, which does not bode well for stressed taxpayers.
Just as long as we start from the position that government
budgets/spending is not simple or even easily predicted. Because
it isnít either of those things.
Then what to hell is it?
Call and tell your Bank that, call and tell the Tax
collector that, Give it a try and see if it works! There is
Dike's For The Flood Of 2011 - While Four Dams of Contention
above Minot were Left Unmanaged!
The Man driving the pay loader, Millionaire investor, he left
North Dakota a few years after the flood, He had enough of the
Statewide Champagne Government.
They Finally Decided to Manage the Four Dams of Contention
One Sad Day in June 2011
Because of the
2011 Flood -
& Taxes -
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