The Dispatch fails to inform the readers that council persons Nesheim, O'Day, Olander and Dehen voted to pay The Dispatch $31,535.00 of your tax dollars.
1) The real estate taxes on their building has decreased each year, causing a shortfall in the city's payment of tax increment to The Dispatch.
2) The city and The Dispatch had a signed development contract. The language in the contract stated the city would not be responsible for any shortfall in the tax increment payment to The Dispatch.
3) In 1996, the city council extended the development contract beyond eight years. This extension violated the state statute, causing this agreement to be illegal.
4) The city's bond counsel and the city administrator should be held liable and accountable for this payment to The Dispatch.
5) This bond counsel also gave the city advice when the city lost a million and half-dollars on the railroad property a few years ago.
6) These council persons must also be held liable and accountable for their actions.
7) According to the council minutes and the documents I received from city hall, these council people did not ask questions, research or study this issue. They just voted "yes" on the recommendation of the bond counsel and the city administrator.
8) Tax-increment financing can be a valuable asset for economic development if it is utilized with discretion. In the 1990s these council members used the tax-increment financing for drug stores, fast food restaurant, newspaper building and helped finance a building for a lending institution.
9) Where is the leadership and vision for economic growth and development for Brainerd during the 1990s?
Wouldn't new faces on the council be an advantage for the growth and development of the city of Brainerd?
My hat is off to Kris Hasskamp. I found I had a problem understanding the P.O.W. car license transfer, even after going to several of the auto license centers. I saw Kris at the Crosby Fourth of July parade which I went to. Upon seeing her there I called her and explained my problem. Can you believe she took the time to listen, then took the problem further on getting me the answers I needed? Kris made several calls, taking time, and then several calls to reach me letting me know she solved the problem for me. I thank her for her time and thoughtfulness because I'm from Duluth and she can't even receive a vote from me in the election. Thanks again, Kris.
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