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Duluth Public Schools to see nearly 6% increase in payable taxes for 2022

Duluth Public Schools CEO Cathy Erickson gave a presentation during the truth in taxation hearing Tuesday night. The district will see a 5.96% increase in payable taxes from 2021 compared to 2022 — $40,663,003 in 2021 to $43,085,879 in 2022.

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(Graphic by Adelle Whitefoot / awhitefoot@duluthnews.com)
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The Duluth School Board approved setting the 2022 payable levy at the maximum Tuesday night.

The School Board set the preliminary levy at the maximum in September. Duluth Public Schools CEO Cathy Erickson gave a presentation during the truth in taxation hearing Tuesday night. The district will see a 5.96% increase in payable taxes from 2021 compared to 2022 — $40,663,003 in 2021 to $43,085,879 in 2022.

The voter-approved referendum levy is expected to increase 47.13%, but due to the tax wealth increasing in the city of Duluth, Erickson said property owners, who didn’t see a change in property value, should only see an increase of less than 1% next year for the school operating referendum portion.

The district is projecting to end the current fiscal year with a $6,177 surplus in the general fund. Unfortunately, the district is also projected to have a deficit in the food service fund and community service fund.

The food service fund is projecting a deficit of $297,519. Erickson said this is due to the district participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture meal reimbursement program, which means the district is not allowing a la carte items to be purchased.

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The community service fund is projecting a $403,238 deficit. Erickson said community education is not generating as much money due to capacity limits in school buildings due to COVID-19.

The projected budget does not include any Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds.

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Adelle Whitefoot is a former reporter for the Duluth News Tribune.
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