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Commissioner Piepkorn Defends His Letter on Economic Incentives, Calls Commissioner Gehrig “A Huge Disappointment”

Commissioner Piepkorn Defends His Letter on Economic Incentives, Calls Commissioner Gehrig “A Huge Disappointment”

There is a hot debate over economic incentives happening down in the Legislature right now, but an even hotter debate has erupted among Fargo city leaders over who should get to say what about that issue. Earlier this month Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig was raked over the coals by critics because he, along with

Rikiki Rohrich, of the North Dakota Commerce Department, testified neutral on HB 1182 on Wednesday morning in front of the House Finance & Taxation Committee. Rohrich runs the state program on Renaissance Zones. Listening at left is Bismarck city commissioner Steve Marquardt. TOM STROMME/BISMARCK TRIBUNE

Fargo, Bismarck City Commissioners Defend Letter to State Lawmakers

Last week I published a letter Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig and Bismarck City Commissioner Steve Marquardt had sent to state lawmakers concerning economic incentive programs. The letter was sent on City of Fargo letterhead, though the commissioners made it clear with the first sentence of the letter that they were representing themselves individually and

Fargo, N.D., City Commissioner Tony Gehrig listens to Commissioner Dave Piepkorn speak about Gehrig's plan to cut the city's property taxes by 20-percent during a city commissioner's meeting at the Civic Center on Monday, July 20, 2015.

Much Ado About Letterhead: What Is the Fargo Forum So Afraid Of?

“Gehrig violates trust” That was the headline of a Fargo Forum editorial published online yesterday which chastised City Commissioner Tony Gehrig for sending a letter to state lawmakers on City of Fargo letterhead. Bismarck City Commissioner Steve Marquardt co-signed the letter which was critical of tax incentive programs. The commissioners argued that these programs are

Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig, left and Mayor Tim Mahoney listen to a discussion. Forum file photo

Leaders From Two of North Dakota’s Largest Communities Blast Tax Incentives in Letter to Lawmakers

A letter is being circulated by lawmakers in Bismarck as they consider reining in certain economic incentive programs. Most local leaders, I’m told, have been hostile to that effort. But at least two, the authors of the letter in question, feel differently. Fargo City Commissioner Tony Gehrig and Bismarck City Commissioner Steve Marquardt blast the

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