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Mary Scherling, Fargo, Published October 13 2012

Letter: Township de-annexation a bad idea

Among the decisions Cass County voters will be tasked with in the upcoming election is a petition ballot for the de-annexation of Pleasant Township to Richland County. This proposal should be defeated.

Counties do not just give pieces of themselves away. Cass County residents have participated in investing in valuable infrastructure in Pleasant Township, including more than 20 miles of paved roads and seven bridges in addition to recently purchasing 24 flood buyout properties and spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide flood protection for Pleasant Township communities.

Should the measure pass, the Pleasant Township residents will find themselves in a higher property tax mill levy district in Richland County. Richland County residents will be charged with repaying the Pleasant Township portion of bonds financing the new Cass County courthouse addition.

The de-annexation effort is a misguided attempt to derail the Red River diversion. As details of the final diversion plan have evolved, impacts to Pleasant Township that prompted the de-annexation issue are hopefully being mitigated to a large degree and the result will be 500-year flood protection for Oxbow, Hickson and the Bakke subdivision.

Cass County’s character is a blend of both urban and rural interests that complement each other. It’s time for all of Cass County to once again join together. I urge my friends and neighbors in Pleasant Township and all of Cass and Richland counties to vote “no” on the Pleasant Township de-annexation ballot question.


Sherling is a candidate for Cass County commissioner.