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District 3 Supervisor Candidates Speak On Issues

(Le Mars) -- Today we continue our series of reports visiting with County Supervisor Candidates.  Today, we hear from the two candidates seeking a position on the County Board of Supervisors representing District 3.  Don Kass is a lifelong resident of Plymouth County and is a farmer from Remsen.  Kass is the incumbant candidate, while Merlin Wagner of  rural Le Mars, also a lifelong resident of Plymouth County, and a contractor, is the challenger.  Kass says he is pleased to report that Plymouth county has one of the lowest tax levys in the state.

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Wagner says the county needs to be a lot leaner with its spending, and focus more on road and bridge repair.
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Another funding program often utilized in Plymouth County is the use of Tax Increment Financing or simply known as TIF.  Wagner isn't certain that TIF is beneficial.  He believes it takes money away from the general budget.

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Kass believes TIF can be beneficial if used correctly.  He says counties cannot over extend themselves on TIF funding.

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Any supervisor from any county has to be concerned with road and bridge repair and maintenance.  Wagner wants to make roads a priority for Plymouth County.

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Kass says it may come down to closing some bridges and roads if the funding isn't available.

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On Monday, we will visit with the candidates seeking the position of County Supervisor for District 5.

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