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Our View: Raising taxes becomes a burden


December 13, 2019

Rarely does a government body tell us: “We have enough money. We don’t need so much next year.”

No, taxes usually go up. And when they do, it’s inevitable that people complain.

Last week, the city council voted to increase Cloquet’s property tax levy by 1.7 percent. That’s pretty good. Property taxes make up about 14 percent of the city’s total budget, but the property tax is considered the crucial component of a community’s contribution to its city. If a city is managed well, it provides the services its citizens require in an efficient and cost-

effective manner, and the l...

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