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PAGE 2 THE PRESS /Vay 23, 2012 FROM THE TRACTOR SEAT BY DEAN MEBERG, PARK RIVER Just want to put my two cents worth into the Measure 2 issue on the upcoming Primary Ballot. I am strongly against it. Contrary to what someone said at one of the Information Meetings that were held here in the County; I am not opposed to it because I am a Township Supervisor "....and am tied to the government money...". No, I am opposed to it be- cause I am a citizen of this Township, County, State and Nation and as such, I can think for myself. As a township supervisor I have learned how the Goverrunent works. Does it work? IF you are patient, YES it does work. Is it efficient? NO, but that is the purpose of elections is to elect representatives who will fix the inefficiencies and to spend our tax dollars wisely. Is Property Tax fair? No, I have spoken before about how silly it was for politicians to hang their hats on being successful at keeping the Mill Levies down, when a lowered mill with ever increasing land "'values" actually meant a tax increase. Are there problems with the current system? Yes, no ar- gument from me on that. Can these problems be fixed with the legisla- ture? I believe so, PROVIDED that the citizen talks to their elected officials. You think your tax for your home is too high, then there is a procedure in place to go through to try and get your property reassessed. I often wonder when I hear these complaints of the property tax, just how many of these people have gone through the city, township or county tax abet- ment process. Our township, we are required by the Century Code to have an Annual meeting just for tax abatement. In my twelve years on the Board, we have only had three cases that I can remember. However, our hands are somewhat tied because we can only lower the valuation of that property by so much, and what we reduce for the individual, will have to be added elsewhere across the board- thus increasing taxes on the rest of the citizens (I leave that up to you to decide if that is indeed "Fair"). Now Measure Two, if passed, will eliminate property tax. I cannot speak for the other townships, but for Kensington Township, roughly 50 percent of our Annual Budget is funded by property tax. Now if we do not have that 50% our work as Supervisors becomes very easy. You need a new culvert, NO; could we send the blade down your road because it is getting washboardy, NO; we could use some gravel on that road that goes into our bin site, NO. Without property tax revenue, we can no longer be able to fix all the roads in the township. We would have to put Minimum Maintenance signs on all the roads except two kinds of roads. Again, by Century Code, we are required to maintain those roads used by School Busses and US Postal Service for mail delivery. So those roads will be maintained, grav- eled and plowed in the winter. We are also under a mandate to replace ALL of our signs in the township and with each sign costing anywhere from thirty to a hundred dollars apiece, our budget would quickly disap- pear. I believe that the people who vote YES for Measure Two are simply voting because it will save them tax money, which it will. It seems as the supporters have no problem with Income and Sales taxes being increased to offset the shortfall. But have you actually thought what that tax sav- ing is actually going to cost you, will you still be on the plus side. Con- trary to what seems to be believed, there are not bins of oil revenue overflowing in Bismarck. There are two funds that are supposed to be get- ting oil money and they are not because the funds have not been gener- ated yet to meet those funding requirements. One of the funds that are being ded' 6il money entiy WILL be used to reduce property taxes 0fi :the'se datehas been met. So there is a plan to use oil revenue for prdlj faxreliefand there are other funds that will be used to reduce the need for property tax revenue (thus lowering your property tax). So the legislature has done some work towards Property Tax relief but their work is not done yet. Also. Measure Two does not take into account what happens when the Oil Boom stops. All it takes is either the EPA to ban Fracking and/or OPEC to drop the price on oil. There is a history of that happening and then what do we do? But the real reason why I am against Measure Two is simple. If this measure passes, the 170 million dollars of tax revenue that North Dakota gets from out-of-state property owners will vanish. I have heard people complain about people from out of state buying land here and there, with some of it being prime hunting land. What will happen with Measure Two passing, .even more land will be sold to out of state interests and what will we get in return? Unless you have a gas station or a liquor store, probably nothing. I have bathed enough babies in my lifetime to know that every once in awhile, the baby/child will have an 'accident' in the tub. The saying is, "Don't tbxow the baby out with the bath water". However, if Measure Two passes, we won't be throwing out just the water, but also the tub, the whole room, the plumbing system and probably even the baby. Irwin "Bud" Flaten Irwin "Bud" Flaten, age 85 of Park River, ND passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Center of Park River. Irwin Flaten was born October 1, 1926 in Grafton, ND the son of the late Amos G. and Ida (Lien) Flaten. He attended rural school at the Bruce School and graduated from the Walsh County Agricultural School in Park River. In 1948 he attended the Coin Electrical School in Chicago, IL. He then attended the Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis, MN. In 1950 he moved to Ecuador and lived there for a short time. In 1960 he moved to Brazil where he was a missionary fbr Go Ye Fellowship Missions and lived there for 26 years. He was united in marriage to Evelyn 'Evie" Zielke on June 28, 1964 in Clovis, Ca. The couple retumed to Park River in 1986 and lived on the family farm until moving into Park River. Evie passed away Aug. 28, 2008 and he moved to the Good Samaritan Center on June 10, 2009. Irwin was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church of Park River He is survived by his siblings: Amos L. (Darlene) Flaten, Park River, ND; Andy Flaten, Park River, ND; Judy Engelmann, Grand Forks, ND. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers: Duane and Marvin and twin sister Erna Cole. Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Bethel Baptist Church of Park River. Visitation will be Tuesday for one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Hoople, ND. An online guestbook is available at: www.tolle The Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River is in charge of the arrangements. Head of a Woman by Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, 1916 ...One evening... David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king's house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing and the woman was very beautiful to behold. 2 5zMxlUEI. 11:2 (O 2012 by King Features SyndDcale, Inc. World rights reserved. 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O_,,ttd ,, aO.oe " YOdlZ. de.[" 800.284.7222 / 284.7221 -- Walsh County Press - Church Director - Pembina Hills Lutheran, Mountain Thursday: 2 p.m. Worship Borg Sunday.: 10:30 a.m. Vikur Tuesday: 2:30 Bible Study at Borg Trinity Lutheran, Edinburg Tue: 9:30 Womens Bible Study Sun: 9:15 Worship St John's Nepomucene Catholic Church, Pisek Sunday 10:30 a.m. St Joseph's Catholic Church, Lankin ( Saturday 5:00 p.m Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Bechyne Sunday 8:30 a.m. St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Crystal Sunday Mass: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday: 5:30 p.m. Thursday: 7 a.m. St. Brigid of Ireland Catholic Church, Cavalier Saturday Mass: 5 p.m. Sunday Mass: 10:30 a.m., Monday & Friday: 7 a.m. Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Park River Sun: 9:00 a.m. Sunday School/Coffee, 10 a.m. Worship ( Zion Lutheran Church, Hoople Sunday.: 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:30 Sunday School St. Mary's Church Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Good Sam. Center 5 p.m. St. Mary's, Park River Sunday: 8 a.m. St. Luke's, Veseleyville 10 a.m. St. Mary's, Park River Federated Church Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship (Fordville). 9:30 a.m. Sunday School (Park River). 10:45 a.m. Worship (Park River) Park Center Lutheran Church, Hoople Sunday.: May 27 Glenn Rost speaker 10:00 AM service, coffee following Victory Free Lutheran Church, Park River Sunday: Church @ 1 l:00a.m VBS lp-4P June 4th -8th. Program at 3:00 on June 4th Deacon Meeting 7:00p.m. Church council 8:15p.m., June 8th 50th AFLC Annual Conference, June 12-15 at Thief River Falls, MN, June 17th AFLBS Ambassadors 1 l:00a.m, at church Grace Free Lutheran Church, Edinburg Sunday: 9 a.m. Church Services / 10:15 a.m. Sunday School Every Thursday: 9 a.m. Bible Study Bethel Baptist Church, Park River Sunday: 9:30 a.m. worship, 10:45 a.m. Fellowship. Wed: 7:30 p.m. prayer service Our Redeemer's, Fairdale Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship Hoff Lutheran Church, Rural Adams Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship ,IIIFm.SrUN00a .Bank& Inr, urance Park River ~ 284-7244 Michigan - 259-2112 Adams ~ 944-2231 Grafton ,., 352-3668 "True to a Sacred Trust" Hwy. 17 West * Park River 284-6086 tollefim!meralhome, corn Farmers Union Insurance Co. Dwight ByronJay Thompson OFFICE: 284-6955 .... 17 East. Pa,i,; River BECOME A CHURCH SCHEDULE SPONSOR $20.00 A MONTH/ CALL THE PRESS 284-6333 TODAY. ! Samaritan -- S( ucict .... l;tk Rvr 301 Co. Rd 12B Park River Ph. 284-7115 Fax 284-7117 Ye Olde Medicine Center 10% Senior Discounts * FREE Mail Out Serqee * UPS Kodak Kiosk * FREE Blood Pressure Cheeks Hwy. 17 West* Park River 284-7676 AGASSIZ ANIMAL HOSPITAL *Complete Medical Services/ Surgical Services *Boarding *Grooming *Pet Supplies Daniel J. Koenig, DVM 284-6688 403 Bnggs Ave. So., P.O. 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