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home : opinions : your opinions December 17, 2014


8/28/2013 1:01:00 PM
Taxes don't offset impact of mining
Dale Crisler, Rice Lake

If one reads the lead article on the front page of The Chronotype, Aug. 21, one gets the idea that frac sand mining is going to solve all our tax issues and any other problem we may be able to think up.
Yes, there is a considerable increase is assessed values from the mining companies, but the true impact of these increased values will be seen when the companies are actually given their tax bills. The Department of Revenue may assign whatever percentage value to the assessed value it desires. Will it be 80%? I seriously doubt it. Will it be as much as 50%? That I doubt too. So we'll see how much of an impact the taxes that the mining companies pay will have on us, the true residents of the county.
Barron County is already having problems collecting money from a sand mining company for use and abuse of county roads. If one reads the article, P. 3, you find that Midwest Frac LLC doesn't want to live up to an agreement it had made with the county.
Another impact of the mining companies which isn't even mentioned in the lead article is the affect on property values in the vicinities of the mines. If you think this is an imagined impact, take a ride to New Auburn and talk to the residents who live near the mines and plants.
Talk to some of them who have their houses or properties up for sale to see how hard it is to get someone to even look at them. Take a look at the conditions of the streets and highways in the village. Stand around just a few minutes and listen to the roar of the trucks or the trains.
Then tell me that you would like to live in that village!
Yes, the mines are a great asset for the people benefiting from them, but there ought to be compensation for the people who are being greatly impacted in negative ways. How great would the net benefit be after that?
If you are among the people who think that the future of Wisconsin and Barron County is in mining, you certainly have never studied the history of mining. And people who don't heed the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them. I do not claim to be the originator of that statement.
It was from someone far wiser than I am!

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Heather Andersen

In addition to Mr. Crisler's wise comments regarding taxes from mining companies I would add..... When property taxes go up state aid for schools goes down. It will be interesting to know what the October student count for the school districts impacted by higher property taxes will actually do to this state aid.... aid that is much needed to keep a public school going. I hope that the mining that is taking place with it's
increase in the value of property will provide our schools with more income. That would be a boon to taxpayers now helping to pay to keep our children educated. Maybe it will make parents feel better about the possibility of compromising their children's health, safety and welfare for the sake of greed.
Heather Andersen/Town of Auburn/Chippewa County

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