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50 percent property tax increase doesn't sit well in Isle La Motte

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People living in Isle La Motte found out Wednesday night that a 50 percent property tax increase is irreversible.

In early July, full time residents saw the sharp increase. It comes following a school board budget deficit and the state having the community make up for the shortfall. At a meeting Wednesday, members of the school board fielded questions from angry residents who say they're struggling to pay the bill.

“A lot of people are having trouble getting the money together,” explained one resident. Another said, “You're telling me next year my taxes are going to double again?"

School Board Chair Sarah Peacock responded, “Unfortunately there is nothing that we're going to be able to do about this increase in tax rate in the short term. It's all going to be working, looking forward to next year, evaluating every avenue we have and working with our local governments and local taxpayers to get some property tax reform going."

The tax hike comes after the community was hit with additional expenses from new students moving into the district and rising special education costs.

After two straight budget deficits, the state raised the property tax rate to make up for the shortfall.

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