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Duluth Chamber: Support the School Levy

Posted at: 10/22/2013 4:13 PM
Updated at: 10/22/2013 4:25 PM



Duluth Area Chamber leaders stood on the steps of historic Old Central, and said they are united behind the upcoming school levy.

David Ross, President and CEO, said, "Strong schools mean strong neighborhoods. Schools are the workforce training centers for our employees of the future."

There are two levy questions on the ballot.

The first asks voters to consider extending a current referendum. The district said it is not an increase to your property taxes.

The second asks if you support extending the levy, would you also support increasing the amount.

For the second question, the numbers quoted by the district are as follows. On a $100,000 home, the property tax increase would be $30 for the year. On a $250,000 home, the increase would be $76 for the year.

Chamber leaders and the district say that the increase would help lower class size and update the curriculum.

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This past summer, a group called "Stand up for Kids" launched a campaign to encourage people to pass the levy.

Not everyone is on board with the levy though.

Meanwhile, another group calling themselves the "Vote No, No" are holding a press event on Wednesday at City Hall.

Election day is November 5th.