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Duluth School Board Puts Levy Request On Ballot

Duluth Old Central High School and Administration Building
Duluth Old Central High School and Administration Building

DULUTH< MN (KDAL) - The Duluth School Board on Tuesday approved a two question levy request that will be on the November 5th ballot.  The current education levy that generates 4.4 million dollars in revenue expires in fiscal year 2014.  New state legislation renews about 1.9 million with the remaining 2.5 million up for a vote by the public although the board could have opted to approve the levy renewal without putting it on the ballot.  The renewal will not increase property taxes and if voters pass the first question it would qualify Duluth schools for an additional 1.1 million in state funding.  The second question asks voters to increase local education funding by 1.8 million dollars to help reduce class sizes and the achievement gap in the district.  If that 2nd question passes, taxes would increase by about 3.78 a month on a 150 thousand dollar home.