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Gary Peterson , Published October 07 2009

School’s financial picture disturbing

Parents of every one of the 150 Pelican Rapids, Minn., students choosing to attend a neighboring school district are enjoying the best of both worlds. They pay the lowest school tax rate in the entire area while sending their children to districts which – in most cases – are not quite as bad off as the Pelican Rapids district.

Of course one of the reasons Pelican is bad off is because of the $900,000-per-pupil aid lost to other districts. Perhaps if parents paid the Pelican Rapids School District the tax rate charged by the district attended by their children, the Pelican Rapids school wouldn’t be in the position it currently finds itself.

The per/$100,000 of property valuation tax rate ranges from a minimum of just over twice the $89/per $100,000 Pelican Rapids district’s rate to as much as five to seven times that $89 rate.