Council passes max 6.5-percent tax increase


September 9, 2022

Jana Peterson

The new roundabout at the corner of Washington Avenue and 14th Street is open to traffic going east and west on Washington, but 14th Street is still under construction both south and north of the intersection. During Tuesday's meeting, Ward 2 councilor Sheila Lamb encouraged residents to use extra caution and think of the kids walking, riding and driving to school there.

Cloquet city councilors unanimously voted for a preliminary 2023 levy increase of 6.5 percent Tuesday, following advice of staff to build a little "wiggle room" into the budget.

Ward 2 councilor Sheila Lamb made the motion, stressing that the goal was to lower the levy increase to 5.95 percent by the time the city budget and levy are formally adopted in December.

City administrator Tim Peterson recommended the "wiggle room" and higher increase, noting that the council can choose to decrease the levy in December, but it can't go any higher than the preliminary levy set in September.

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