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Published August 12, 2013, 05:45 PM

Potential tax increase discussed at school board meeting Monday

Growing student enrollment and lack of federal and state funding could result in a big increase in the Grand Forks Public School property tax rate.

Growing student enrollment and lack of federal and state funding could result in a big increase in the Grand Forks Public School property tax rate.

Superintendent Larry Nybladh says a faulty state aid distribution formula is the reason for the proposed 28.6 percent increase in the school property tax rate. Schools are compensated by the state for the following year for growth. Last year there were 230 new students, which ultimately led to deficit spending of six million dollars. State Senator Ray Holmberg says the property tax increase comes at a time when the the legislature is trying to bring down taxes.

Nybladh says with the tax relief from the legislature, property owners would still see a decrease in their taxes. For a 169,000 dollar home, the average value in Grand Forks, the bill would be 208 dollars less.

Grand Forks Public Schools held a public forum meeting Monday at the Mark Sandford Education Center. The meeting was set up for the public to come in and ask questions, particularly on the proposed property tax increase. Some frustrations were vented when the board explained they weren't able to answer questions due to state laws, this raised transparency issues for those wanting answers. The board did explain they are taking down all questions ask and will respond at a later date

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