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Board rolls back budget, stiff tax increase


December 24, 2021

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The Cloquet Area Fire District Board made budget cuts to keep costs down and taxpayers happy.

After a month of hearing from irate taxpayers in mostly Thomson Township, the Cloquet Area Fire District is right back where it started 12 months ago.

Following the CAFD Board vote Wednesday at the Scanlon Community Center, the property tax levy for 2022 will be exactly what it was a year ago: $3,143,425. Likewise, the ambulance district levy will be set at 0.019 percent of estimated market value (EMV), exactly what it was a year ago. The fire and rescue levy will be close to what it was a year ago, when it was 0.244 percent of EMV.

But the board went through a rollercoaster ride of changes...

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