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Council approves levy increase, new officer

Cloquet City Councilors approved a 3.49-percent levy increase taxes payable in 2022, but with a market value increase of 4.49 percent, some Cloquet property owners could see a decrease in their city taxes next year.

Rural Cloquet resident Eric Witeli would like to see his taxes decrease even more. Witeli was the only resident to address the council during Tuesday's Truth and Taxation hearing. The Brookston Road resident said he'd like to pay fewer taxes because he uses very few city services.

"I don't have city utilities, I'm surrounded by county roads, no curb and gutter," he said. "I'd like...