Grand Regional Voices does, always has and always will fully support the best possible education for our children with quality teachers, excellent curricula in the best facilities this community can afford. While we fully support our children and their education, we cannot support the Bond Issue presented by ISD 318. Looking at it’s entirety, we see the development of this project was flawed from its inception. The entire project, including design, construction, project management, etc., has been driven by vendors, primarily FJJ and not the needs of our children and the District as a whole at a cost that the community cannot afford.
Lynda Jo Thompson and Dan Chase describe their experiences on the Grand Rapids, Minnesota City Council Campaign Trail.
Robert Ward, candidate for Mayor of Grand Rapids Minnesota, thanks his supporters and the public on the last day before the general election.
In a recent statement made by Mayor Adams ( with consent of the council) Adams professed, “Your City property taxes have not risen in the last three years unless your property value also rose.” Was this a deliberate effort to spin the information in the flier? The statement on our political flier said, “In the last ten years, not three, your property taxes have doubled” ( see flier copy below) . Again, Mayor Adams you are clearly out of touch with the issues effecting your …constituency.
To add strength to our position, as promised in the Grand Rapids Herald 11/2/2016 opinion edition, I am posting both my tax statements from 2007 and 2016 on my own home. Clearly the City taxes have more than doubled as the property value went down.
We are also adding 2013 and 2014 tax documentation showing that in these years, the same property also saw a decrease in actual value. During that period, the City portion of the tax continued to rise. For a sitting Mayor and Council to not be aware of the numbers may be acceptable, but to be indignant after being made aware of the material, is irresponsible
As promised 2016 Property Tax Statement. 2007 will be below it.
We also promised the 2013 & 2014 tax statements as a response to Adams statement of no increases in the last three years. All of this is of course is a sideshow to the fact that Grand Rapids is rated 3rd most expensive city government, of cities over 2500 people per capita, in the State of Minnesota as shown on the Minnesota State Auditor’s website latest comparison tools.
It is time for New Leadership, New Voice, New Direction.
Craig Nelson and Joe Maurer discuss their observations of the Grand Rapids MN City Council Candidates Forum which was held on October 14, 2016 at the Grand Rapids City Hall. One of their main concerns was that the Forum format and line of questioning was slanted toward a specific political ideology and was designed to favor the incumbents.
Watch the Candidates Forum for yourself at ICTV’s Facebook Page link which can be found on ICTV’s website: http://www.watchictv.org.