Grand Rapids Property Owners to Pay More In Taxes

By KBJR News 1

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 2:17 PM CDT

Grand Rapids, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Homeowners in the Grand Rapids School District will be digging deeper into their pockets over the next few years due to a special school board approved operating levy.

The Grand Rapids School Board passed a resolution to use their authority to approve a $5.7 million operating levy beginning in the 2014 school year.

Superintendent Joe Silko says $2 million will come from Taconite bonding dollars.

The other $3.7 million will come from the board approved levy that will raise Grand Rapids homeowner's taxes by approximately $6.67 per month on a home valued at $100,000.

As a result, Silko says Grand Rapids Schools will see much needed improvements including eliminating problems of swelling class sizes.

"We have a big swell of students coming into our middle schools, starting in 2014-2015 and we need to have construction time to build six class rooms. We cannot wait any longer, this levy authority just came into the hands in the last part of May, beginning of June and the board decided to move ahead with it because we need to take care of the needs of our students," said Superintendent Joe Silko.

In addition to the six new classrooms at the middle school, renovations and security additions will be made to high schools in Grand Rapids and Bigfork as well as the Administration Building.

The Grand Rapids School district will be holding community meetings in the coming months to inform the community of the school districts plans moving forward.

The Grand Rapids School District is currently operating without a levy.

Jeremy Brickley
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