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Published August 29, 2011, 10:25 PM

EGF Levy Referendum Won't Mean Property Tax Hike

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The East Grand Forks Public School District is just one of the more than 130 districts in Minnesota on the ballot for a levy election.

EAST GRAND FORKS, MN (WDAZ-TV) - The East Grand Forks Public School District is just one of the more than 130 districts in Minnesota on the ballot for a levy election.

Though the superintendent said the district needs money to keep itself running, voting 'yes' will not mean yes to higher property taxes.

"We've been lucky because the last few years we haven't had to make cuts but with the legislature the way it is..you never know how much we'll get," said East Grand Forks High School Principal, Brian Loer.

To continue generating money for the district, the district wants voters to renew two already established levies for another ten years.

One levy generates $240,000 over ten years and expires at the end of the year, the other generates $800,000 over five years and expires in 2013

If the levy passes on November 8th, it would people in East Grand Forks would continue paying $26 for a $100 thousand home per year for the first one, and $105 dollars for a $100,000 home per year for the second one.

"You just skip going out to eat a few times, and there you have it," said Loer.

Pace says he wants voters to understand the levy renewal isn't about creating more money for the schools, just maintaining.

"The cost of pencils go up every year, the cost of paper, the cost of operations go up. So, we'd probably be looking in the neighborhood of around $300-400,000 in reductions we'd be making, if not higher," said Pace.

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