Cook County Voters Asked to Renew School District Operating Levy

Cook County Independent School District 166 has put a levy renewal request on the 2022 general election ballot.

In 2016, county voters approved an operating levy of $800 per pupil to support smaller class sizes, elective opportunities, and some extracurricular activities. That levy is set to expire on December 31st this year.

According to a letter sent to voters from Chris Lindholm, Superintendent of Cook County Schools, if that levy expires it would reduce the annual revenue of the district by $350,000 to $400,000 a year. That loss, according to Lindholm’s letter, would force the district to reduce some teaching positions and program offerings for the kids.

The ballot question asks voters to approve a ten-year extension of the 2016, $800 per pupil levy. A vote to approve the levy request will not result in an increase in current property taxes however allowing the levy to expire may reduce property taxes.

ISD 166 has scheduled informational meetings to meet with voters. A virtual meeting was held on October 3 and an in-person meeting was held on October 4 at the Gunflint Trail Fire Hall.

Upcoming meetings will be held on October 10 at the Log Building in Grand Portage, on October 11 at the Lutsen Community Center, and on October 12 at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in Grand Marais. All meetings begin at 6 p.m.