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Published September 09, 2013, 09:32 PM

School district voted in favor of compromised tax increase

After weeks of widespread criticism, The Grand Forks School District voted Monday on a compromise for a proposed property tax increase. The taxes you pay to the school district will go up, but not as much as the 28 percent increase originally proposed.

By: Michael Yoshida, WDAZ

After weeks of widespread criticism, The Grand Forks School District voted Monday on a compromise for a proposed property tax increase. The taxes you pay to the school district will go up, but not as much as the 28 percent increase originally proposed.

The school district voted in favor of a compromised plan. The original proposal was for a 28 percent tax increase.

Monday, the board agreed to a plan that will raise taxes less than 23 percent. Around 50 people showed up to Monday's meeting. They got the chance to ask questions and voice their concerns. At moments the atmosphere in the meeting turned tense.

The school board held two votes, the first option to raise school taxes by 28 percent failed 5 to 4.

A compromised option was proposed and subsequently voted on. The compromise passed 7 votes to 2. It calls for a 34 mill buy-down, which will result in deficit spending for this fiscal year. To address the deficit, the school district will have to reduce discretionary spending which includes everything except salary and salary related items.

The cuts could affect anything from para professionals, to travel expenses, or professional training.

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