Residents vote yes, allow school to raise property taxes

Staff writer

Nearly 300 residents of USD 410 voted 218 to 56 Tuesday to allow the district to increase the cap for property taxes from 30 percent to 33 percent of the general fund after a special election.

The vote means residents will receive around a $24 decrease in property taxes, rather than a $51 decrease on a $100,000 home, Superintendent Steve Noble said.

“That is tremendous,” he said after learning the outcome.

Noble estimates the vote will allow the district to collect nearly $153,000 in extra money for the district.

“We’ve been in cut mode for several years and this will help slow cuts and help us provide programs to maintain an excellent school system,” he said.

A bill passed by the state earlier this spring allowed schools to raise property taxes to 33 percent in an effort to create equalized state aid.

 

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