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Meghan Hanna, Published December 05 2010

Flood sale tax not best option

Recently, the residents of Cass County voted to increase sales tax by a half-cent to pay for permanent flood protection. I feel this was a mistake.

While I fully support the plan to build a diversion for the Red River, I feel the people chose a poor method of funding it. I feel that property tax should have been raised, rather than sales tax. It doesn’t make sense to me that, for example, a resident of Bismarck or Minot should be forced to help pay for the diversion just because they happen to be in town. Red River flooding has no effect on them, so why should they have to pay for it?

As a resident of West Fargo, I am protected by the Sheyenne River diversion, so the Red River flooding has no effect on my home, either. I will, of course, continue to help with the flood fight by laying or filling sandbags, but I feel the responsibility for paying for the Red River diversion should be the responsibility of the residents of Fargo, and should be funded through their property taxes.