As Of 2017 -
One Billion and Fifty Million Dollars In Grants &
Created Debt Since The 2011 Flood - Where Did It Go?
2017 - June - Hold That Phone Some More - The State
Water Commission Has Given Minot $6 Million Dollars $838 Million Dollars
Since 2011 & City Debt
Has Increased By $212 Million Total Received =
$1,050,000,000.00 One Billion and 50 Million
Dollars At a population of 50,000
That is $21,000.00 for every man, women and
child in Minot
2017 - April
- Hold The Phone - The 2017 Legislature Just Gave Minot
Another $193 Million - Minot Will Have To Increase Debt By $112 Million To Match Their
Share $832 Million Dollars Since
2011 & City Debt Has
Increased By $212 Million Total Received =
$1,044,000,000.00 One Billion and 44 Million
Dollars At a population of 50,000 That is
$20,880.00 for every man, women and child in Minot
With The Intermodal Yard Bankruptcy & Parking
Ramp Rabbit Holes At Least Another 25 to 35
Million In Taxpayer Debt 2016 - Minot
Has Received Roughly $414 Million Dollars Since 2011 In
Federal (Taxpayer Debt) Plus Another $225 Million From
The State Of ND $639 Million Dollars In State
& Federal Aid Since 2011 & City
Debt Has Increased By $100 Million Total Received = $739 Million
Dollars At a population of 50,000 That is
$14,780.00 for every man, women and child in Minot
The City wants some 700 to 900 million for flood
control - What happened to the $739 Million
Received $340,403,763.00 - Three Hundred & Forty Million -
In Less Then Four Years
+ The $74 Million Resilience Grant + $225 Million From The
State = $639,403,763.00
In That Time - "Minot has replaced, repaired, and constructed
294 units of affordable housing with CDBG-DR funds" Which One
The Minot Housing Authority has developed 129 units of new
affordable housing, and 35 more units are under construction.
458 Units Divided By Gross Funds Is $1,156,462 Per Unit Or By
Hud Funds Is $224,086 Per Unit Phase 2 Application
10/2015 Page 68. Allow time to
Two new parking garages are
nearing completion, and 200 units of market rate,
And 50 units of affordable housing will be constructed above
these parking structures. Add On Another $74 Million From HUD Resilience
12-2015 - They Are No Where Near Completion & No
Money To Finish Them
12-2016 - There Is No Apartments - Looks like Cypress Has Pulled
The Plug - An Audit Is Called For The Rabbit Hole One Minot real
estate agent had posted on his professional site that the Minot
market has been correcting since 2012.
Prices are down 15 to 20 % across the board in the residential
market. The rental market has been effected as well.
Hotel vacancies increased dramatically because of overbuilding
and cooling demand. Another Minot real
estate agent had
posted that prices are dropping and seller's are nervous. State's that just a month
ago average home price was 300,000.00 and only 200 home's were
on the market. 2013
( both agents have since changed their sites )
In 2010, the debt per capita
was $888. Even with a nearly 9 percent estimated population
increase, the current debt per capita is about $3,021.
At the end of 2014, Minot residents were carrying nearly $140
million in debt, compared to $37.75 million of debt in
2010.Details of the current debt include:
Minot Public School District had $23.9 million in debt, of
which nearly $23.7 million was assessed to residents within the
city of Minot.
Minot Park District carries $10.4 million in debt, all
assessed to city residents.
Ward County has $34.6 million in debt, of which $23 million
falls on city residents.
The city of Minot has nearly $15.3 million in general
obligation debt, essentially for street projects.
The city has almost $23.2 million in debt for improvements
paid through special assessments placed on those residents who
benefit from the improvements.
The city of Minot has $23.3 million in water and sewer
revenue debt. / The city of Minot has $19.2 million in airport
The city also has added about $2 million in debt for updates
to the All Seasons Arena, to be paid by lodging tax.
Larry Bellew, a Minot state representative, spoke to oppose the
overall budget. Although the city’s later research could not
substantiate his claim, Bellew said his overall property
tax bill will increase by 52 percent, not including
what he calculates to be a $3 sewer bill increase. The sewer
flat rate will go up 48 cents and fee for 100 cubic feet
would go up 21 cents for residential customers and 23 cents for
commercial customers. Can the citizens
of Minot continue to afford to pay these increases
or are we chasing them away?” Bellew said. “I do not think I am the only one who
thinks our property taxes are out of control.
Perhaps it’s time for our local governments, not just the city
council but the other taxing entities, to adjust their budgets
instead of making the property owners adjust theirs. The Keywords Being - Chasing Them Away & Out Of Control
Bellew - Letter To Minot Daily News - Sept. 2017 Taxes Taxes Taxes
Taxes Taxes & More Taxes Taxes Taxes Taxes Taxes
An example is that the owner of a $200,000 home in Minot will
see their property tax increase by about $535 per year and more
for higher valued houses.
This does not include the City’s raising the monthly sewer fee
by $3. With these huge increases, something is wrong
when a city official says that “We don’t have an
expense problem, We have a revenue problem.”
Is this not arrogant to make such a statement? It's Not Arrogance, It's Stupidity, The Problem
With The City Council & Ward County Commissioners Is None Of Them Have The Balls To Say No
Can our citizens continue to afford to pay these taxes or are
we chasing them away?
Based on my research, Ward County, the City of Minot, and the
Minot School District could be the poster children as to why
property taxes should be eliminated.
Perhaps it is time for our local governments to adjust their
budgets instead of making the property owners adjust their
Spend, In-Debt and Tax, Spend, In-Debt and Tax, Spend, In-Debt
and Tax, Spend, In-Debt and Tax, Spend, In-Debt and Tax, Spend,
In-Debt and Tax, Spend, In-Debt and Tax
Spend, In-Debt and Tax, Spend, In-Debt and Tax, Spend, In-Debt
and Tax, Spend, In-Debt and Tax, Spend, In-Debt and Tax, Spend,
In-Debt and Tax, Spend, In-Debt and Tax Over one billion fifty million dollars
received since 2011 and the City of Minot Is Broke.
2017 Another issue facing the city is debt that
has increased about 165 percent in the past four years. The per
capita debt of $989 in 2012 grew to $2,611 in 2016 “Currently the city’s debt is about $104
million. About $60 million of that is tied directly to growth,”
Barry said. “Debt is slated to grow to $132
million by the end of this fiscal year.” Of particular concern is not only the amount of debt but
how far into the future it is extended, he said.
Debt once held for 10 years now is being held for 15 or 20 years,
increasing the cost in interest payments. City Will Tighten
Belt The 2016 Big Debt Letter SOS
One Can Only Ponder How The Debt Went From $140 Million To $102
The City Has The Highest Water & Sewer Rates In The State Unreal Minot proposed budget for 2016 125,000,000.0
How is that possible, down
35 million from 2015 and property taxes still need to rise?
Had It Ever Crossed The City or County Minds To Hire Their
Own Engineer - Architect?
Minot budget for 2015 155,000,000.00
424,657.00 dollars a day,
17,694.00 a hour.
Minot budget for 2014 190,000,000.00 521,978.00 dollars a day,
21,749.00 a hour.
Coming in just over $190 Million Dollars, the proposed budget for
next year is a $12 Million Dollar increase over the current.
That's due in large part to more money being put in place for the
expansion of Minot International Airport.
The City hopes to add 37 new positions for the coming year, which
means an increase in property taxes for 2014, "The city is growing by leaps and
bounds, that means more garbage routes, you have more
streets to plow,
you have more water and sewer you have to take care of and
different things like that.
Growth doesn't come without a price," said Minot City Finance
From $15.3 Million To $19.2 Million For This
$4.8 Million Went For The Architects Nearing Completion
& Over Budget as cached on google Had It
Ever Crossed The City or County Minds To Hire Their Own Engineer
Expensive Design Needed To Conduct The Peoples Business
As For A New Jail Why Doesn't The County Buy Halliburton's
Closed Facility & Buy Some
Of The Housing From All The Man Camps Closing & Get Into
The Prison Business
Instead Of Spending $37 Million For A New Jail
The County Spent How Much CDBG Funds To Build A Low
Income Project In Burlington - In The Flood Plain
Some 8 to 9 Miles From Minot - Low Income - No Income - People -
So Now They Can Spend A Ton Of Money Commuting - To Work - To
Live Beyond Shelter Received
$5.1 million From CDBG Money Through Ward County to Construct
Low Income Housing
Minot Airport MOT
In 1990 aircraft operations to 43,789 - In 1995 aircraft operations to 32,451
- In 2000 aircraft operations to 38,695 - In 2005 aircraft
operations to 39,801
In 2006 aircraft operations to 40,314 - In 2007 aircraft
operations to 39,521 - In 2008 aircraft operations to 34,954
- In 2009 aircraft operations to 38,445
In 2010 aircraft operations to 46,330 - In 2011 aircraft
operations to 47,289 - In 2012 aircraft operations to 44,970 -
In 2013 aircraft operations to 31,728
In 2014 aircraft operations to 32,517 - In 2015 aircraft
operations to 25,489 - In
2016 aircraft operations to 23,067-In 2017 aircraft operations to 25,933 In 2018 -
Aircraft Operations January to September 1st. - 18,793 Good Times 2013 -
$40 Million - $13.7 From Local Funding Why Are We Building A New
Airport - In 2013
Operations are at 1995 level - When the last new airport was
All The Minot Airport Ever Needed Was Portable Huts With Alcohol
& Buses For Off Site Parking & Management
This Money Could Have Went To The Needs Of The Many - Affordable
Housing & Flood Control
Oh They Can All Live In The Oversized Airport - See Below
The Building Could Have Been
Half The Size It Is
If You Consider The Concrete, Custom Steel & Glass Used In The
You Could Have Built The Core Of A New Medical Center - Or A
Massive Amount Of Deluxe Low Income Housing
The Utility Bills Have Got To Be Some Ungodly Amount On This
Is Is An Insult To The Working Class Of Minot & North Dakota
Consider What It Will Cost Just
For Natural Gas & Electricity Per Day For The Monster
Williston Is Building Then Look At What Minot Is
Minot Airport Gas &
Lites Went From $205,740.00 - $563.00 A Day In 2015 To
$473,353.00 - $1296.00 A Day In 2016 Minot 2016 Budget -
In 2017 Gas & Lites $882.00 A Day - In 2018 $1000.00
A Day - The Cheap Price Of NG Has Kept That Under Control Minot 2018 Budget -
Sales Tax & More Sales Tax
The New Jail - The New County Courthouse Expansion
Being In The Jail Business Is A Non Profit Deal
Now The Park Board & A $100 Million Dollar Rec Center
8.5 Cents In Sales Tax In Minot - That Is $8.50 A Hundred
And or $85.00 A Thousand - A Real Good Reason To Drive To
Bismarck & Shop - Pays For Gas And Dinner Out
But After All Minot Is Going To 100000 People.
The Plan As Of Now is Voted Down
04/21/2015 - They'll Be Back
New Courthouse - New Jail - New Airport - New Parking Ramps -
New School Debt
No Flood Control - No New Major Employers - 400 Plus
Residences For Sale 04/2015 MARC Voted Down
Connie Feist & Ron Merritt
"We're on the cusp of becoming a metropolitan planning
organization for a community over 50,000 people," said Estvold.
" NDSU did a study that said in the
near future we could have 70,000 people.
I'm embellishing a bit, but it's conceivable that we could be
100,000 fairly easily." As Cached On Google Allow
It To Load Minot 2015 Growth -
Minot To Grow To 100,000
Define Embellish = To
make beautiful, as by ornamentation; decorate.To add ornamental or
fictitious details to. afancifulaccountthatembellishes thetruestory.
Says Minot Will Grow To 60000 By 2017 - 27 Months to Build
Out Housing For 10000 More People
3 Per Unit Is 123 Units A Month / 1481 A Year - 2 Per Unit Is
185 Units A Month / 2222 A Year Minot 2013 Growth
Comment on internet about a poll if Minot is going
to a population of 100,000 Since been removed "It's time to get creative. I suggest you take
old, used and empty oil drums and make house foundations out of
This poll is just plain silly. Minot
will not double in population unless something big happens to
attract people to Minot.
So far, nothing has been said or presented as far as new
jobs, statistics or studies that would indicated this
new influx of 50,000 people
to Minot within the next 10 years. If Minot
doubles (which I doubt) it would be larger than Fargo and
I am guessing Bismarck would double before Minot. If people
are thinking OIL is going to be the reason.
So far Oil has not had as much impact on Minot as some Minot
city leaders are saying. When you look at Job Service
There are not very many people working in the oil
industry in Ward county, let alone Minot. As towns like
Dickinson, Stanley, Tioga, etc... build more and more
housing, people will move to those towns before Minot, since
are where the oil jobs are at. Minot is recovering from a
flood that damaged or destroyed over 4,000 homes. Thus for the
to repair or replace the damaged and destroyed homes.
Also, Minot leaders keep forgetting to give credit to the US
Air Force Base and its personal.
The base in Minot has had a large increase in new people
due to an increase in the Minot Air Force base getting new
programs and jobs
commissioned for the base. But 100,000 people in 10 years? I
really doubt it.
Wow The Bank Building Sits Empty In Downtown Minot April
The building was sold late 2015 - cosmetic repairs done outside.
Such A Great Building When It Was Built In 1975
The Building Was Sold In 2016
When It Was Built
S&L Bubble Bust Bang Of The 90's This building has
been in the wind since Midwest Federal went under.
It has been bought and sold so many times they should
just use the drive through.
If it still is as when it was built, supposedly the
building is loaded with asbestos when built.
Why didn't CDBG money buy this and turn it into low
Then they could look out the windows at the unfinished
source who has or had direct connection to the parking
ramp project also told that their is another
oil formation under the bakken three forks. Its Called the Santa Fe
formation. Santa Fe Oil Formation
Moving Toward Minot - 2010
Oil drilling will come to the Minot
area in the near future, says Lynn Helms, Director of the North
Dakota Department of Mineral Resources.
"All the established Bakken-Three Forks companies are playing Parshall and
But the new money
coming in is going to have to go into some of the more risky areas, so I'm very
bullish on Three
Forks production in
Ward County and even as far as here, " he said, referring to
The Bakken Formation, home to 4.3 billion barrels of recoverable
oil, is hailed as the largest continuous oil formation ever
assessed by the USGS.
However, the Three Forks - Sanish formation lies directly
underneath the Bakken zone and extends beyond it.
According the Helms, the Three Forks Formation extends beyond
the boundaries of Bakken
and can produce oil as much as 75 to 100 miles past where Bakken
Ward County Oil Production Jan. 2010 - 4,303 bbl's month,
139 bbl's a day / August 2018 - 2,502 bbl's a month, 80
bbl's a day. dmr oil by county
Seems it's just
another day Guess I'm goin' another way Away from home Away From Home
Attorney hired pending approval from City Council
Dave Waind has announced that an offer has been accepted,
pending approval of the City
Monday night, for a new City Attorney. Colleen M. Auer,
presently of Scottsdale, AZ. has
recommended to replace John VanGrinsven, who retired in
raised in Iowa and graduated from college at the University
of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987. She then
University of Southern California where she graduated with a
J.D. in 1990 and was
practice law in California & later in Arizona Prior
founding her own firm in 2012, she served as corporate
BASIS Educational Group, Inc.
(a charter school management company) for a year and served
for six years (2005 to 2011) as
Town Attorney for the Town of Prescott Valley, Arizona. In
this position she managed litigation
and against the Town in all areas; she drafted the first
of its kind water auction agreement
second place at the 2008 Global Water Awards for “Water
Deal of the Year”; she drafted the
its kind agreement between a municipality and the Arizona
State Land Dept implementing a
allocation and land use process for State land located
within the existing (and future) corporate
of the town; drafted rules and bylaws; revised and updated
the Town Code; and, filled in as
in their municipal civil traffic and misdemeanor matters.
Aueralso served for 18 months in 2004-2005 as an Assistant
Arizona Attorney General in which
she defended the State and State Officials/Entities
against constitutional claims filed by
Prior to this, she worked for a combined total of eleven
years as an Associate Attorney for
Firm of Bonnett, Fairbourn, Friedman & Balint in
Phoenix, AZ and for two other firms in Los Angeles.
her transition to Minot, it is expected that Ms Auer will
start within the next 30 days.
Original News Story With Video Removed By Local
Broadcaster Removed By Police Officer's
(Colleen Auer, Fired Minot City Attorney) "Next thing I know there
are two officers in my office...and the rest is history."
As for the actual dismissal - Auer says the two officers were
accompanied by the HR director and interim City Manager Hemphill.
She also has
filed a whistleblower complaint with the Labor Department
alleging she was fired for refusing to follow orders that she
believed broke the law. Auer
claims she was asked to do unlawful things regarding contracts
and documents and was fired and publicly humiliated when she
refused. New Lawsuit October 2014
Attorney General Wayne
Stenehjem has issued an opinion that the City of
Mandan did not violate the open records law when it
treated a series of emails requesting records as one
request and an opinion that the City of Minot improperly charged a requester for
the time the city spent compiling, organizing,
forwarding, scanning and printing electronic records,
and corresponding with others about the record requests.
Is It Just Women From Out Of
State Or Strong Women In General
That Seem To Be Ousted From Minot Government ?
Planner Hired - Planner Quits Thompson's allegations of
dysfunction in city government echo similar claims made by
Colleen Auer, Who was fired after a month
on the job as city attorney two years ago. Minot Planner Blasts
The City One Can Only Wonder If Mental Records Will Be Wanted Planner Hired -
Planner Quits Very Impressive Resume &
As Of Late It Seems To Be Crumbling - Sheriff With
Dollars & Cents & Dead Inmate Dustin Irwin -
Deputy States Attorney Arrested For Drunk Driving The Debacle With The City
Attorney & Planner - & The Make Minot PetitionPetition And Of Course The Whole Thing
With The Easter Bunny Debacle
This Sign Was There For Years - Local Realtor Had It Up Building Dike's For The Flood Of
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