Council approves 2.85-percent levy increase


December 8, 2023

Jana Peterson

Jim Kuklis, who rents more than a dozen two-family townhomes in the Trails Edge subdivision to residents over the age of 55, told the council that property taxes are too high, especially for seniors.

Cloquet city councilors and mayor Roger Maki approved a smaller budget Tuesday than they expected three months ago. That means the levy increase for property taxes will also be smaller than reflected in recent estimates, with a 2.85-percent levy increase versus 4.53 percent.

One local business owner spoke during the Truth in Taxation hearing that preceded the vote. Jim Kuklis, who owns Trails Edge subdivision - consisting of two-family townhomes available for rent by residents over the age of 55 - told the council that he "just about fell over" when he opened up his estimated property tax...

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