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Published December 11, 2012, 02:48 PM

East Grand Forks School Board Approves Tax Increase

The East Grand Forks School Board on Monday approved a 1.96 percent increase to its 2012-2013 property tax levy, or a $37,630 increase from last year.

By: Jennifer Johnson, Grand Forks Herald

The East Grand Forks School Board on Monday approved a 1.96 percent increase to its 2012-2013 property tax levy, or a $37,630 increase from last year.

With the increase, the district’s total tax levy is $1,959,049, the majority of which is made up of student-driven costs.

With the levy increase, the owner of a $150,000 property has an annual tax bill of $377.

The “relatively flat” increase was mostly due to a slight uptick in student enrollment this year, said Bill Menozzi, business manager, from 1,693 at the end of last year to 1,719 now. This increased the local per-student funding, he said.

Last year, the district renewed two separate per-pupil levies totaling $626 that will last for the next decade and generate $1.2 million annually.

A $500 per-pupil levy was put in place in 2007 and a $126 per-pupil levy was approved in 2001.

The district, among others statewide, is relying on local funding more as state aid increases haven’t kept pace with inflation, said Menozzi.

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