St. Louis County board candidates square off in forum

By KBJR News 1

December 10, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 12:33 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Candidates vying for the open St. Louis County Board seat squared off at a community forum on Tuesday sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Duluth City Councilors Jim Stauber and Patrick Boyle went head to head over crucial county issues.

From poverty within the county to the proposed 1.5 percent county tax levy increase, the candidates shared their experience and political position on key issues.

"I recognize taxes are important and we all have to pay our fair share for the services that we need and depend upon, but without some solid justification, even a 1.5% increase in the county tax levy or tax burden on our property owners, I would take very seriously as probably not," said Jim Stauber.

"Regarding where we go in the future has a lot to depend on what we need. One of the big things is infrastructure, which our city is in dire need of help with. The county is also in a little bit better seat to...we have three thousand miles of county roads and bridges that we have to keep chipping away at," said Patrick Boyle.

The two candidates will be on the ballot for a special election that will be held on January 14th to fill the second district seat left vacant by the late Steve O'Neil.