To the editor:

The citizens of Red Wing are currently paying 39.5% of Goodhue County taxes while Welch contributes an additional 1.9%. The county's two largest employers - Xcel and Treasure Island - are located in the city of Red Wing and in Commissioner District 1. In addition, Xcel and nine other Red Wing businesses comprise the top 10 property taxpayers in the county.

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Yet, two members of the County Board believe they should be making major decisions without Red Wing and Welch being proportionately represented.

This is "taxation without representation." Contact Commissioners Jason Majerus at jasonmajerus@co.goodhue.mn.us and Commissioner Barney Nesseth at byron.nesseth@co.goodhue.mn.us and tell them to appoint a commissioner now.

Peggy Rehder

Red Wing