Property Taxes Face Triple Threat Increases

By KBJR News 1

September 23, 2011 Updated Sep 23, 2011 at 9:48 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Residents in Duluth are facing a triple threat of tax increases.

The City of Duluth is asking for a referendum, on top of its proposed levy.

Then there is the Duluth school district with a three-tiered operating levy question on the ballot, asking for $5 to almost $10 more a month for the average homeowner, while working on a potential levy.

Meanwhile, St. Louis County set its maximum levy at 1.8 percent, so far.

All that, before you factor in the new Minnesota homestead credit system, which also could raise property taxes.

One state senator says the state shifted many of these burdens to local governments.

"The reality is that the state cuts its budget, but still expects local units of government to continue to do the same if not more. Many of us tried to point out that was a direct increase on property taxes," said DFL Senator Roger Reinert, Duluth.

For a further break-down of property taxes, watch the video.

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