Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor: Supporting increased spending for education in Marshall

Monday, March 31, 2014

Cargill's Case Ready meat processing facility in Marshall is proud to employ over 500 area residents, adding over 75 jobs in the last year alone. We have an outstanding team. We are committed to improving the future for our dedicated employees and their families who live and go to school in this community.

We have followed with interest the school district's request for a tax-levy increase to fund new school buildings and improvements in Marshall. The district has not had a significant increase to its operating levy since 1973 -- the school's newest building opened its doors in 1976. The proposed increase would bring Marshall to the midpoint of spending in surrounding communities. We do owe it to our children to improve the quality of education in the region by ensuring our schools are properly funded.

On April 8, voters will head to the polls and residents have the opportunity to invest in the future of Marshall. If passed, the levy increase will result in our local facility paying a significant sum in additional taxes. While this increase represents a significant cost, we support increased spending for education in Marshall and see it as an important part of a thriving community.

No one enjoys paying taxes, our business included; however, we have an obligation to adequately fund the educational needs of the children and youth in our community.

Please join us in supporting the district's request with a YES on April 8.

Sincerely,

Wes Craig, Cargill Food Safety and Quality Manager
Steve Sanders, Cargill Continuous Improvement Manager
Nathan Crow, Cargill Controller
Brian Taylor, Cargill Complex Manager