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Do You Want Your Taxes Raised?

By Staff | Aug 30, 2018

Editor’s Note: This is the conclusion of a letter published in The Reporter on August 28.

Further, Wild Rose Casino’s proposed assessment is nearly $367,000 and we believe they will gain little benefit in improved drainage. At the time the Casino was built, the City required them to construct a pond large enough to hold the rain water from their land and they did that. Further, the Casino donates a percentage of their profits each year to The Palo Alto County Gaming Corporation and that organization distributes that money to various grant proposals in the County. As we recall, the first year’s donation was about $900,000 and the second year was about $1.6 million. Less profits for the Casino means less money to the County grants.

Of course, the City’s share of this improvement will be passed on to you in higher taxes in the future. Do you want that? If not, we urge you to join many of the farmland owners in opposing this proposed project and let your City Council representatives and the mayor know that this proposal is not economically feasible, and the City should study more economical ways to alleviate the drainage problems. Ask them to withdraw their petitions. Also contact your County Board of Supervisors.

The next meeting is scheduled for September 19 at the VFW in Emmetsburg when a final decision is to be made and we believe the County Board of Supervisors, as Trustees for the District, will vote to approve this project.

Contact information is below:

Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors:

Keith Wirtz 4914 455 Ave, Mallard, IA 50562 712-480-2708 kwdozer@ncn.net

Craig Merrill 105 North Superior, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 712-298-0312 craig.merrill302@gmail.com

Roger Faulstick 2508 17th St, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 712-852-3703 rfaulstick@mchsi.com

Ron Graettinger 411 290th St, Graettinger, IA 51342 712-260.4053 rongraettinger@yahoo.com

Linus Solberg 3780 510th Ave, Cylinder, IA 50528 712-363-3843 lsolberg@ncn.net

Emmetsburg City Council

City Council: 2021 Main St, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 712-852-4030 contact@emmetsburg.com

Myrna Heddinger 2408 19th St, Emmetsburg, IA 50\36 712-852-2836 mdheddinger@yahoo.com

Brian Campbell 301 Harrison St, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 712-852-4926 atlarge2@emmetsburg.com

Mike Hermansen 88 Lakeshore Dr, Emmetsburg, IA 560536 712-852-9111 ward1@emmetsburg.com

Brian Malm 1108 Palmer St, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 712-852-2662 ward3@emmetsburg.com

Bill Burdick, Jr. 307 Lawler St, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 712-852-2509 atlarge1Eemmetsburg.com Todd Bell 604 Grand Ave, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 712-852-4165 ward4@emmetsburg.com

Ryan Berkland 602 Lawler St, Emmetsburg, IA 50536 712-852-8025 ward2emmetsburg.com


(signed)Ruth A. Neppl

(signed)Larry J. Neppl

Marion, Iowa