Saturday, October 17, 2009
THE GRANDADDY OF THE BUY AT HOME BOONDOOGLES
In addition to the rather heavy property tax payment Mr. Clausen submits each year in support of the local school, city, and county governments, Mr. Clausen supports numerous athletic teams, school programs, and community events. Mr. Clausen also donated much of the labor and materials to make the Havre Town Square a reality. Did Dick Anderson Construction contribute to any of these things? In addition, Clausen Construction employs between 25 to 35 people on a full-time basis, which is no easy task in our recent economy, that live here and support the community. Apparently the School Board, not unlike other Havre businesses, thinks that the best deal is only to be had by out of town purchasing. In hindsight, I would venture to guess that Mr. Clausen would have gotten the contract and been the preferred out of town contractor if he only had the good sense to have stayed in Zortman and not moved to Havre. Apparently he should have expanded his business and tax base in Philips County instead of investing millions of dollars in a community that throws their own taxpayers under the bus every chance they get.
I would encourage our readers to call your local school board to voice your disgust.
On behalf of all thinking Havre residents I offer my apologies to the qualified people at Clausen Construction and would like you to know that most of us do appreciate all you have done for Havre and the surrounding community.