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Perham-Dent School District tax levy, 2009

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A Perham-Dent School District tax levy may appear on the ballot in Otter Tail County for voters in the City of Perham.

The proposed levy tax hike property owners within the school district will be taxed $695 per pupil. The tax hike is expected to generate approximately $1 million annually and will be in effect for five years, if approved.

According to Perham School District officials, the levy is necessary to make up for reduced funds from the state and the downturn in revenue. "The next round of cuts will impact students like never before. This is not a threat. It is a simple matter of mathematics," said Superintendent Tamara Uselman.[1]