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Commissioners approve levy with 4% increase

Carlton County commissioners approved a 3.99 percent increase over last year’s levy, delivering a preliminary figure for 2024 at $33.5 million on Monday.

With the unanimous 5-0 vote in Carlton, the number the board settled on cannot exceed above 3.99 percent of this year’s $32.2 million levy. It could go down. The budget is set for public review and approval in December.

“I feel 3.99 is a good starting point,” auditor/treasurer Kevin DeVriendt told commissioners.

Commissioner Marv Bodie praised the work of the budgeting committee, including commissioners Gary Peterson and board chairman Dick B...