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LETTER: Grand Forks taxpayers get great value for tax dollar

I love living in Grand Forks, and when I think of the things that I love about it, the amount I spend in property taxes doesn't even cross my mind. I love to spend time with my family on the Greenway. I love our thriving arts community. I love ta...

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I love living in Grand Forks, and when I think of the things that I love about it, the amount I spend in property taxes doesn't even cross my mind.

I love to spend time with my family on the Greenway. I love our thriving arts community. I love taking the bus downtown to the Grand Cities Art Fest and the Farmer's Market in Town Square, and participating in the kid's parade at the Fourth of July festival that Sertoma runs each year.

My kids have a blast going to the ArtWise4Kids event at the Alerus Center. I love going to Choice Health & Fitness to swim with the kids, run on the track or just relax in the sauna.

My tax dollars pay for all of these things, in part. But I would much rather pay those taxes than live in a community that does not support such programs.

A city with low taxes and low engagement is not a city where I would enjoy living.

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In 2008, my husband and I moved back to Grand Forks from the Twin Cities largely because we were impressed with the newer amenities, such as the Greenway. These amenities make Grand Forks a beautiful and, frankly, an easy place to live.

We made an active choice to raise our family here. And if these city-funded programs and amenities were to go away, it's highly likely that we'd make an active choice to leave.

I like living in a place where the city values things that can be hard to put dollar signs on-things such as citizen engagement, beautification and vibrancy.

I urge Grand Forks voters to consider the above when voting for mayor in a few weeks. Do we have opportunities to grow and improve Grand Forks? Absolutely. Let's continue to build the city, not stop the positive things just to save a buck.

Maura Ferguson

Grand Forks

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