Several Carlton County school boards set their preliminary levies during meetings over the past two weeks.

Carlton, Cloquet, Esko and Wrenshall all voted to set their property tax levies to the maximum allowed by the state.

The Minnesota Department of Education has yet to determine the amount, but the action is recommended by MDE, according to Cloquet business manager Candace Nelis. Once the 2020-21 preliminary budget is complete, the levy can be adjusted down, but it can’t be raised.

During the Cloquet School Board meeting Monday, Sept. 27, Nelis said some changes could come through before the budget is finalized and the move gives the district a little flexibility.

Wrenshall business manager Angela Anderson echoed the need for some flexibility as the final numbers come in at the Wrenshall board meeting Sept. 13.

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“We’ll refine it and set the numbers in December, but right now we’re just going to set it at the maximum so it gives us room to do whatever we need to do before then,” Anderson said.

In an email, Esko Superintendent Aaron Fischer said that though the levy was set at the maximum, currently the proposed levy in his district is set to rise by less than 1% in 2022.

Truth in taxation meetings are scheduled in:

  • Carlton at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13;

  • Cloquet at 6 p.m. Dec. 13;

  • Esko at 6 p.m. Dec. 13; and

  • Wrenshall at 6 p.m. Dec. 8.