Another Referendum In Works for the Duluth School District

By KBJR News 1

Another Referendum In Works for the Duluth School District

April 24, 2012 Updated Apr 24, 2012 at 9:19 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Only months after the District's last referendum failed, Duluth School Board members Tuesday said they intend to ask for another levy referendum this November.

Referendum committee members said they hope to get an earlier start this year on educating the public about the issues surrounding a projected deficit.

The only board member to vote against asking for another levy, Art Johnston, has his own ideas of how the deficit could be solved.

Johnston claims the district has been taking $6.9 million out of the operating fund to pay debt service related to the Red Plan, and believes limiting the transfer would help close the deficit.

The rest of the board and district administrators call Johnston's idea and his numbers misinformation.

District administrators explained the only money currently taken from the operations fund was achieved through cost-savings of running fewer buildings and amount to just over $2 million.

Officials explained leaving all the savings in the fund would only be a temporary fix and say not servicing the debt would result in significantly higher taxes.

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