Northlanders Will Vote On City Sales Taxes and School Referenda

By KBJR News 1

November 5, 2012 Updated Nov 5, 2012 at 6:21 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland’s NewsCenter) --- Along with the Minnesota constitutional Photo ID and Marriage amendments on the ballot Tuesday, voters will also be asked questions pertaining city regulations and sales taxes.

Questions on issues range from implementing sales taxes to creating public utilities.

Voters in Orr will be asked to vote whether the city council will be allowed to issue sale licenses to restaurants, clubs and hotels for the sale of intoxicating liquor on Sundays.

Meanwhile, Silver Bay voters will be asked two questions, one about a new Public Utility Bond as well as the New Public Heat and Electric Utility.

Voters in Cloquet, Hermantown and Moose Lake will be asked Local Option Sales Tax questions to finance the costs of improvements to City Parks, trails, recreation areas and street and utility infrastructure.

Hermantown voters will be asked if the present city sales tax should be increased from half percent to one percent.

The increase would generate about $1M each year for the next 14 years.

“This sales tax will help property values maintain their value because they will be able to get city sewer and water,” John Mulder, Hermantown City Administrator said. “It will also allow commercial development to happen in certain areas, because commercial development is going to want municipal services.

Mulder says voters would be paying 50 cents on every $100 of purchases.

There are seven Northland school districts with referenda on the ballot.

Voters in Chisholm, Proctor, McGregor, Little Fork-Big Falls and Deer River will be asked to give an up or down vote on levy questions.

Voters in Wrenshall will be asked a two-tiered question regarding a revenue proposal.
Voters in Esko will be asked two questions, one relating to a per-pupil increase in the operating levy, the second relating to approval of a bond to cover a $2.7M facilities improvement plan.

Amendment 1
Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to provide that only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota?

Amendment 2
Shall the Minnesota Constitution be amended to require all voters to present valid photo identification to vote and to require the state to provide free identification to eligible voter, effective July 1, 2013?

City Questions

Orr
Issuance of Intoxicating Liquor License
Shall the Orr City Council be allowed to issue on-sale licenses to restaurants, clubs and hotels for the sale of intoxicating liquor at retail on Sundays?

Gilbert Proposed Charter Amendments
Shall the City of Gilbert adopt the proposed Charter as amended by the City Charter Commission and recommended by the City Council?

Cloquet
Local Option Sale Tax
Shall the City of Cloquet be authorized to impose a sales and use tax of one-half percent (0.5%) to finance the costs of improvements to city parks, trails and recreation areas and street and utility infrastructure?

Moose Lake
Local Option Sales Tax
Shall the City of Moose Lake be authorized to impose a local option sales tax of one-half (1/2) percent to provide funding for the following: improvements to the city’s park systems, street and related infrastructure improvements, and municipal library improvements?

Hermantown
Local Option Sales Tax
Shall the City of Hermantown city sales tax be increased from half percent (0.5) percent to one percent.

Silver Bay (1)
New Public Heat and Electric Utility Shall the City of Silver Bay purchase, acquire and construct a new public utility for the purpose of generation, production and distribution of heat and electricity, at an estimated cost of not to exceed $15 million?

Silver Bay (2)
Bond Issue for New Public Utility
Shall the City of Silver Bay issue its general obligation in an amount not to exceed $15 million for the purpose of the acquisition and betterment of a new public utility to generate, produce and distribute heat and electricity?

School Questions
Chisholm
Renewal of Expiring Referendum Revenue Authorization
Shall the increase in the revenue proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 695 be approved?

Proctor
Approval of School District Bond Issue
Shall Independent School District No. 704 be authorized to issue its general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $7,900,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of public school sites and facilities, including the Bay View School?

Wrenshall
Approval of School District Referendum Revenue Renewal
Shall the increase in the revenue proposed by the Board of Independent School District No. 100 be approved?

Wrenshall
Approval of Referendum Revenue to Support Educational Programs and Services
If Question #1 above is approved, shall the increase in the revenue proposed by the Board of Independent School District No. 100 under Question #2 be approved?

Esko
Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 99 be authorized to increase its general education revenue by $341 per pupil unit, increase annually by the rate of inflation for a term of 9 years unless otherwise revoked of reduced as provided by law?

Esko
Shall the school board of Independent School District No. 99 be authorized to issue its general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $2,700,000 to provide funds for the acquisition and betterment of public school sites and facilities, including athletic facilites?

McGregor
Approval of School District Referendum Revenue Authorization
Shall the increase in the revenue proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 4 be approved?

Little-Fork- Big Falls
School District Ballot Question Approval of School District Bonds
Shall the School Board of Independent School District No. 362 be authorized to issue general obligation bonds, in an amount not to exceed $495,000, to finance classroom upgrades, technology improvements and other costs relation to the acquisition of equipment and betterment of school facilities?

Deer River
Approval of School District Capital Project Levy Authorization
Shall the capital project levy proposed by the board of Independent School District No. 317 be approved?

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