Tax Hike Likely Coming To Cloquet School District
Posted at: 09/23/2013 5:45 PM
| Updated at: 09/23/2013 11:19 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
The Cloquet School Board voted on the district's maximum levy Monday night, tripling the current operating referendum without a vote.
That's possible because of new state legislation passed this summer. Taxpayers have mixed opinions about the change.
"I think it would be a good idea," Judy Ketola said. "I just think it would add to what they should have."
"I think maybe they should use the money they already have a little more wisely," Marge McComb said. "To continue to raise taxes and raise taxes puts a hardship on the taxpayer."
Under the maximum levy, the operating referendum would triple from about $100 per student to $300. That's the maximum the school board can set without a public vote under the new legislation.
School officials said the $4.3 million levy will solve the district's deficit. The district is $1.1 million in debt and the levy could fix that by next school year.
The district also has the option of scaling the levy back in the coming months. They will hear public opinion about the levy at a December meeting.