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Published September 09, 2013, 05:47 PM

School board set to vote on property tax hike

After weeks of public outcry and debate The Grand Forks School Board is prepared to vote on a proposed 28 percent increase to the school property tax rate. The board is set to vote at a 6:00 pm meeting Monday.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

After weeks of public outcry and debate The Grand Forks School Board is prepared to vote on a proposed 28 percent increase to the school property tax rate. The board is set to vote at a 6:00 pm meeting Monday.

The proposed tax increase has drawn wide-spread criticism from residents, but is something that school officials say is necessary to prevent deficit spending. For the 2012/2013 school year, Grand Forks Public Schools had an approximate deficit of 6 million dollars. The projected deficit for the 2013/2014 year is 3.6 million dollars. A deficit that would be addressed by the property tax.

However, in the past few weeks people have raised concerns over the school boards transparency on the tax issue and whether the proposed tax increase in necessary. The school board released a document answering peoples questions and encourages the public's involvement in the topic.

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