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Letters: Todd resident sets record straight

Todd resident sets record straight My response to the letter to the editor from Ms. Eckhoff (and political ad) March 7 will hopefully clear up the apparent problems in understanding tax rates and other relevant facts. If you would have asked the ...

Todd resident sets

record straight

My response to the letter to the editor from Ms. Eckhoff (and political ad) March 7 will hopefully clear up the apparent problems in understanding tax rates and other relevant facts.

If you would have asked the auditor's office how tax rates are established, then perhaps, you may have gotten your facts straight. Then again, maybe your letter was more of a political tactic and understanding wasn't the real motive. Using figures from tables alone, Ms. Eckhoff, does not help understand what goes into determining tax rates.

The tax rates for each governmental entity are determined using the adjusted tax capacity and the local levy. Using proposed 2007 figures, Henrietta has an adjusted tax capacity of 1.55 times the tax capacity of Todd and in 2007 Todd has a local levy approximately 2 percent less than Henrietta. Using Henrietta's tax capacity and Todd's local levy (spending), Todd's tax rate would be approximately 12.26 percent, which is 0.25 percent less than Henrietta (rates are preliminary).

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In 2006, if Todd would have had the same tax capacity as Henrietta (1.49 times more), then the tax rate for Todd would be approximately 14.3 percent, not 21.327 percent.

The picture you painted was biased to suit your purpose. You also need to remember that when Henrietta starts "giving up" (for lack of a better term) high value land to Park Rapids, the tax capacity will be reduced and the tax rate for Henrietta would increase.

Ms. Eckhoff where were you the night of the public hearing? Didn't you hear that the Commercial District has been expanded in the areas the residents requested and that requests for further changes could be made to the town board until March 8. The draft ordinance was 77 pages (not 100) and was formatted for easy review. It has not yet been approved by the town board.

Dean Klicker, 35-year

resident of Todd Township

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