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opinion Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

I am sorry to inform the residents in our

township that the two elected officials — Dan Wells and Marge Cotton

and the third official Jeff Hartman — being handpicked because of a

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resignation — decided to ignore the overwhelming no vote that was taken

on June 9, 2012, to repair 12 miles of road on 10 roads for a total of

$3.5 million dollar tax levy. We have 32 and a half miles of township

roads. Our tax levy for 2012 and 2013 is $230,000 for each year which

was set high to keep our roads in shape. Another special meeting was

set for Aug. 30, 2012. About 80 residents came to be informed that the

roadwork plans were proceeding as planned which was voted on by the

“three board members.” To say the least, our residents were fuming at

this meeting. Oct. 15, 2012, another meeting was called to order with

52 residents present. This was about an $850,000 tax levy to do one

mile of road work on three separate roads. I asked for a vote from the

residents. Marge Cotton informed me the “three board members” voted for

us. We, Marge Cotton says, gave the board members the authority to make

the final decisions for the residents.

People — there are seven

more roads on “their to-do list” at a remaining cost of about

$2,600,000 more of a tax levy to us. On Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. they will do

the final paper work on this $850,000 tax levy. Vote Marge Cotton and

Jeff Hartman out of office on March 12 because of the remaining road

work plans for yet another tax levy hike. Dan Wells’ term will expire

next year and he voted for the tax levy also. Vote in people that will

listen to the residents they represent.

Vote for Rick Hennes and Dan Block.

Carol Treska

Brainerd

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