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Cloquet schools: Rising home values may shift costs from state to local taxpayers

Cloquet school board members set the preliminary levy at maximum Monday, Sept. 26, with the final figures to be certified on Dec. 12 after more budget work and state input.

District finance director Candice Nelis recommended the board set the levy at “maximum” because the budget and levy are still in flux. That meant the board did not set a dollar amount Monday, but the levy limitation in the board packet — which Nelis said had already changed — listed the levy payable in 2023 at $7.435 million, up from $6.997 million in 2022, an increase of 6.26 percent.

Increasing property values are not doi...