Moose Lake Star Gazette - Serving Carlton and Pine Counties Since 1895

By Dan Reed
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Excise tax approved


October 3, 2019

The Carlton County Board of Commissioners approved continuing the $20 excise tax at their Adjourned meeting on September 23 after a hearing where only one comment was made from the public.

Reporter and Automba Township Chair Dan Reed supported more work on rural County gravel roads with the excise tax and ½% sales tax revenues. “I understand we have fixed many miles of tarred roads in an effort to catch up with a long list of needs,” he said. “This spring mud season showed many weaknesses in the miles of County gravel roads. Poor roads have hurt rural residential and new home construction. We don’t expect a tarred road in front of our houses in the rural areas but at least we should be able to get to town. In some areas the County roads are poorer than the township roads. These funds are needed on our rural infrastructure.”

County Engineer JinYeene Neumann explained, “We have heard about the need to upgrade gravel roads. County Road 156 in Kalevala Township was added to the list and the trucks are hauling on it as I speak.”

The $20 excise tax is paid on the sale of cars and trucks by local dealers and RV sales by such businesses as Coates RV in Scanlon and Oak Lake RV in Moose Lake. This last July $4,610 came in from this source.

Work continues on the 2020 County Budget. The County Board approved a preliminary 3.9% increase. The Truth in Taxation public meeting will be held on December 3 at 6 p.m. at the Transportation Building. County Coordinator Dennis Genereau commented that health insurance costs and possible other cost savings are still being worked on.

HD 11A Representative Mike Sundin attended the meeting. Several attendees thanked him for working to find a solution to beaver damage and beaver dam removal. He did comment that he appreciated the strong support for the 210 waterline, upgrade of the NERCC facilities, and the generating plant for WLSSD during the Legislative tour to get input for a new State Bonding Bill this next year. Savings for running the WLSSD plant in Duluth would be shared with most of NE Carlton County users including the paper company.


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