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Page 10  , Resnlts of that vote will be high- lighted in next week&apos;s Lake Metigoshe Mirror. The meeting, which did not feature any votes or formal pre- sentations by any of the gathered entities, simply allowed the direc- tors from each group to verbalize opimons and thoughts on the proj- ect. A portion of the meeting was also allotted for public coinments. Bottineau County Tax Director Lisa Peterson passed out docu- ments that showed the tax revenue generated by the Paterson Grain facility. Peterson estimated that if the project was annexed into Bot- tineau, the decrease in the mill levy would be lowered 257.22 mills, equal to $257.220 annually or approximately a $100 tax re- duction on a house in Bottineau valued at $120.100 around 7 per- cent). If the project is not almexed into the city. Whitteron Township the decision to allow it a "'no brainer." City Council members Launee Hamnes. Tim Sanderson and Cathy Claeys, all'Opponents of the original proposal since the begin- ning because of the access, con- tinued to ask for compromise in the matter. "'I have heard all of those things, but I haven't heard any- thing about the quality of life for the people in that area and I'm not for coming down our street," Hamnes said. "We have worked very hard to get our streets to where they are and I'm opposed to where it's at." Sanderson indicated that his opposition to the project was mainly due to the Brander Street access, but he also had concerns about how quickly the project has been presented to the city. "I'm not against it. I'm for it." Sanderson said. "I am against it would benefit with an approxi- coming in this way. There are too mate l l percent tax reduction equal to $109.47 reduction in yearly taxes on a $120.100 prop- erty. The general consensus of the meeting seemed to point to the fact that most of the commissmn- many unanswered question. They have known about it for at least a year and the first we've heard about it was three weeks to a month ago and I don't like it being pushed down our throats." Bottineau Mayor Ben Aufforth ers from all the groups and a super said he was opposed to the pro- majority of the public commenters were in favor of allowing the fa- cility to be constructed at the pro- posed site. Bottineau County Commis- sioner Jeff Bever said that he was in favor of the project and said the city was being offered a golden opportunity to expand. "The city has been given the opportunity most other towns don't get," Beyer said. "All Pater- son is asking for in return is to just go down one (city) street. It could generate up to a quarter million dollars in tax revenue and have an _effect on others (businesses) if you don't do it. Bottineau could end up like Omemee if it keeps turning down requests like this." County commissioner Dan Marquardt agreed. "'If we can bring this into town. we have a chance to make Bot- tineau a thriving community," Marquardt said. "Burlington Northern (railroad) is a big com- pany, but 1 feel like we could re- ally be in jeopardy of losing our tracks into Bottineau if we don't continue to grow. If we pass o]1 this. Bottineau could be scarred forever." County Commissioner LeRoy Rude. was in favor of the project. but also raised questions about the proposed access route to the facil- ity. "I support the project, but I would prefer to see (truck route) come in from the south instead of through town." he said. County Commissioner Todd Strcich called the project a win/,in for the area and termed posal because of the truck route to the facility and was concerned that the existing Bottineau Farmers El- evator and Paterson Grain were being treated differently. 'TI1 say right now that I don't think anyone on the council is against it," he said, "but we have worked hard to keep trucks on designated truck routes and I find it hard to treat one business differ- ent than the other." City Council members Gary Mortensen. Greg Bernstein and Matt Seykora acknowledged that there are some ssues that need to be resolved, but all three viewed the project as a tremendous op- portumty for the city. "'This would have a huge li- nancial impact on the city and es- pecially with Benchmark m Dunseith announcing a closing at the end of the year." he said. "Do we want people to come into town or do we want a sign that says Bottineau is closed for business? There are opportunities galore with this with spin-off businesses and I think overwhelmingly to people are supportive of the proj- ect." The prevailing sentiment among the EDC Committee mem- bers was that of support. Nearly to a member, the directors pointed out that the positives clearly out- weigh the negatives. Former Mayor Doug Marsden, who is a member of the EDC board, recalled projects from the past that have been met with op- position and even went so tar as to say that new people (businesses) who have come into town have Thei Mirror Meeting !March 11, 2015 l (Continued from Page 1) Additional City of Boineau True & FulliValue $20,000,000.00 Jurisdictions by Paterson Grain: Taxable Value Mill Levy 1,000,000 76.52 If annexed into the city Taxes % of Tax Base $76,620.00 16%  Bottineau School District True & Full Value $20,000,000.00 Tagable Value Mill Levy Taxes 1,000,000 71.32 $71,320.00 4% Water/SCD/Park Airport True & Full Value $20,000,000.00 Taxable Value Mill Levy Taxes 1,000,000 32.43 $32,430.00 2% County of Bottineau True & Full Value Taxable Value Mill Levy Taxes $20,000,000.00 1,000,000 76.85 $76,850.00 2% House in Bottineau with a value of $120,100 2014 Taxes With Paterson Grain Reduction in Tax City $435.75 16% $366.03 School $385.48 4% $370.06  Park $123.83 2% $121.35 Water $18.43 2% $18.06 County & State $426.78 2% $418.24 Whitteron Township True & Full Value Taxable Value Mill Levy Taxes % of Tax Base $20,000,000.00 1,000,000 :5.75 $25,750.00 61% Bottineau School District True & Full Value Taxable Value Mill Levy Taxes $20,000,000.00 1,000,000 71.32 $71,320.00 4% FireVater/SCD/Park/Airport True & Full Value Taxable Value Mill Levy Taxes < $20,000,000.00 1,000,000 11.5 $11,500.00 2% County of Bottineau True & Full Value Taxable Value Mill Levy Taxes $20,000,000.00 1,000,000 76 85 $76,850.00 Totals 185.42 House in Whitteron Township with a value of $i20,100 2014 Taxes Township $138.15 61% School $385.48 4% Fire $21.67 2% Water/SCD/Park/Airport $40.48 2% ,:: County & State $426.78 2% $1,012.s6 2% $18s,42o.oo ............. With Paterson Grain ReductioninTax $53.88 5370.06 $21.24 $39.67 $418.24 $903.09 $109.47 11% been "exiled." "'It seems like every trine we have someone who wants to come into town. they have been exiled." he said. "The street we're talking about is more commercial than residential right now and while there will be increased traffic, it shouldn't be a big deal. If we don't let this come into town, we're going to lose other growth." A number of attendees spoke in favor of the project and some res- ect. "1 would like to clear the air about our opposition." said Thompson Street resident Travis Rybchinski, whose house would be the closest to the Brander Street access. "Most of us aren't against the project at all and realize it would be super for the commu- nity. We're just against Brander Street being a trnck route. A lot of us feel like we're being criticized for trying to stop it and that's not idents of Thompson Street voiced the case. There are a lot of people their concerns, but did not appear in that area who do a lot for our to be completely against the proj- community and l think we feel like it's "screw south Thompson people' and we're being unfairly raked over." Mike Aasen. also a south Thompson Street. reiterated his oppositton to the Brander Street access and said he felt like the project was being "rammed down our throat." "If it's just a road issue, then let's build a road that," Aasen said. "What is a million dollars to get a $20 million facility? We want de- velopment in our community, but all we ask that people just please try to work with us."