People who live in Fairmont and the businesses located here pay taxes to the state of Minnesota. The purported reason is so the state can provide services that otherwise would not be provided. The premise is sketchy, of course. Who's to say what locals might be able to fund on their own if their money stayed here? But setting the critique aside for a moment, let's acknowledge that citizens who pay taxes to the state deserve a fair return on their "investment." That is, they deserve to see their tax dollars used for quality roads, schools, public safety, etc. Namely, the things state government says it will provide.