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;MAY 2, 2012 THE PRESS PAGE 5 A00cH I /ozeEs LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD Taking a look at property tax By E Kenneth Olafson As we debate the pros and cons of Measure 2 we should take a look at the history of property taxes and whether this form of taxation is rel- evant in our modem economy and society. In Glenn W. Fisher's book The Worst Tax he states "that taxes based on ownership of property were used in ancient times, but the modern tax has roots in feudal obligations owned to British and European kings or landlords. The growth of the property tax in America was closely related to economic and political conditions on the frontier. In pre-com- mercial agricultural areas the property tax was a feasible soured of local government revenue and equal taxation of wealth was consistent with the prevailing equalitarian ideology". Noted tax economist Frederick C. Stocker has observed that the property tax "resembles a structure designed by a mad architect erected on shaky tbundation by an incompetent builder, and made worse by the well-intentioned repair work of hordes of amateur tinkers." All the special interests that oppose Measure 2: Chamber of Com- merce, League of City's, Association of County's, Townships, actually support getting rid of property tax by their use of deferring property taxes to their chosen individuals and businesses. I call this Corny Cap- italism. It is not the purpose of govermnent to choose winners and los- ers', only to provide a level playing field for all those involved in the economy. Measure 2 will provide for the level playing field for all those involved in North Dakota's economy. As to the issue of the lawsuit the proponents filed against the above named organizations it is beyond question that they are funded by tax- payer dollars. It is also a fact that North Dakota law states that taxpayer dollars not be used for political activities. In our modern economy property makes no demands of government for either services or redistribution of wealth. Only people make de- mands of govermnent for services and redistribution of wealth. I con- tend that we should use people taxes and not property taxes for the support of the government. The issue of local control is used by the opponents of Measure 2. This is a real canard. When you go to the local board meeting whether it is City, County or School Board the board or council members, when debating an issue they always state "we have to act in this way because of dictates from the Federal, or State Government. There is no such thing as local control in our modern government, only dictates from the Federal and State Governments. Editor ;s" Note." Olq/on is from Milton, N.D. 4on4 Summer Sand Volleyball League Registration will be held May 22nd, 6pro at the Little Park Ages 13 and up. Games will be on Wed nights $75 per team for 1/2 season $100 per team for full season Season Sessions: June 6-27 and July 11-Aug 1 For more information visit THE ELUSIVE "Z " CREATURE CAPTURED! Parks and Rec Manager, Todd Kjella_nd captures 00Mystery "Z" Creature at Phy Day Measure 2 spells disaster for ND Veterans By Lee Finstad This measure will negatively in]pact the delivery of benefit services to veterans and county employees if it passes. It appears to me from reading the relevant statutes that if measure 2 passes there will be no funds in the short run for these county offices. I am alam]ed at the pos- sible negative consequences veterans may suffer if this passes. In ad- dition to affecting veterans and the individual county veteran service officers, many county employees working in a support role in these of- rices may find themselves unemployed if this measure becomes law. If the proponents of measure 2 had included a plan to make sure the veterans will continue to receive service by the county veteran service office then maybe the measure might be acceptable to veterans but it is extremely difficult for me to imagine a positive outcome for veterans if this measure passes. The worst case scenario would be that all of the county veteran offices that are funded by the statutory measure would close and next worse scenario would be that somehow these services that are provided to veterans from the county would become a state re- sponsibility. Neither one of these scenarios are acceptable because no matter what would follow the passage of measure 2 as it is now stated, the proposed law would result in chaos for veteran services. I would invite all voters to examine the statutes below and make up their own mind. Do we want to approve a Constitutional Measure that will bring chaos to veterans and county employees? How about 911 services? How about the propelay tax relief afforded disabled firemen and police officers? If the Proponents think the legislature can easily fix any funding shortfalls following passage of Measure 2, they have no understanding of the complexity of the problem and limitations im- posed on the legislature. How is the legislature supposed to know how to fund Dunn County as opposed to Grand Forks County'? The notion is absurd. The statutes funding county veteran services are fbund under NDCC 57-15 which is the chapter that governs property Taxation. 57-15-06.4. Levy authorized lbr county veterans' service officer's salary, traveling, and office expenses. The county commissioners of each county may levy annually a tax not exceeding the limitation in subsection 18 of sec- tion 57-15-06.7 to provide a fired for the payment of the salary, travel- ing and office expenses of the county veterans' service officer authorized to be appointed by section 37-14-18. 57-15-06.7. Additional levies - Exceptions to tax levy limitations in counties. ] 8. A county levying a tax for a connty veterans' service of- ficer's salary, traveling, and office expenses in accordance with section 57-15-06.4 may levy a tax not exceeding two mills. Every veteran, police officer and fireman and county resident should get out the vote in the June primary and vote no on Measure 2. A no vote is a sane vote. Editor's Note." Finstad'om GramForks, N.D. -' ,,Jadl dt " : ,(@ \\;'%vIUEIL1D[(@]E aLl@ ,, ,, ,, Citizens State Bank closes out Community Banking Month WALSH COUNTY, N.D. -- Citi- zens State Bank would like to thank all of you for joining in on celebrating Community Banking Month. And we are pleased to announce the winners of the flat screen TV's given away on April 30. The winner at the Lankin branch was Francis Praska. The winner at the Edinburg branch was R h e a Restemayer. The winner at the Edmore branch was Sh- eryl Nelson. And the winner at the Park River branch was Melanie Pecka. Citizens State Bank has been a locally owned, com- munity bank since 1905. We focus our atten- tion on local families, busi- nesses and farmers and have been priv- ileged to do so Above: Lankin winner (Photos)Submitted) Above: Edinburg winner Above: Edmore winner for over 100 J00No.h00 Coop - [ itude.years goesOurgrat-out, to our cus- .................. : ....... tomers for your support and loy- alty. We remain committed to OPEN Opens at ;:00 aom. Friendly reminders from the Walsh County Highway Department REMEMBER TO KEEP FARMING PRACTICES OUT OF THE COUNTY RIGHT-OF-WAY The right-of-way along county roads varies from 33 feet to 100 feet from the center of tile road The Federal Highway Administration made a ruling that states and counties maintain their righ_t-of-way by keeping farming practices out of it. The penalty for not following this rule is tile loss of federal funding which in Walsh County can range from $500,000 to more than $1,000,000 per year. If the roadway is staked along your property be sure you are farmingwithin the states. If unmarked and unsure of the current right-of-way please contact the highway department. The highway department will be checking to en,re compliance. REMEMBER TO KEEP MUD OFF OF THE ROADWAYS This policy refers to instances where farm or commercial activities from an owner, renter or contractor of land or prope adjacent or near a county roadway that is maintained w public funds, deposits mud or other debris upon the roadway. ,The objective Is to minimize or remove deposits Trom the roadway that may constitute a road safety hazard for roadway users. It is the resp.onsibility of the person creating the hazard [o remove it. If they fail to remove it, the county wilrremove it and bill it to that person. REMEMBER TO OBTAIN A DRAINAGE PERMIT If you are planninq a drainage project in the county right-of-way be sure to applyfor a drainage permit. Drainage permits are needed for any type of work where dirt in the county right-of- way is disturb6... Permits are valid for six months. REMEMBER TO MOW ROADSIDES It is the duty of landowners or operators with land adjoininq county roads as designated by the Walsh County Board o-f Commissioners to cut all weeds and grasses along the county roads adjoininq their lands, including weeds and grasses growing within'the public right-of-way-boarding counfy roads and their lands. The cutting shall be complete no later than September first of each year. However we do encourage earlier cuttingsjo improve visibility. REMEMBER TO OBTAIN FLOWAGE EASEMENTS If planning a drain tile project where the water is going to flow into or !hrough a county road ditch a flowage easement is required. Ill All permits, easements and policies are posted on the county's I! ] III website at YOU can call the highway III department at 701-352-1530 with any questions or to have any ]11 of these items mailed to you. River winner ' ' doing our part vibrant and working with in keeping our strong and look all ofyouinthe colnmunities forward to years ahead, RE-EL T JACK KARAS Keep experience working for your. WALSH COUNTY COMMISSIONER (Paid for by Jack Karas on his own behalf.) Po you or your group h;00ve a story to tell? We're h00re to help.