I believe that your readers would get a clearer understanding of financial issues with city and school board decisions if you would include more information in your articles.
As an example, the Pequot Lakes School Board recently approved wage and health insurance increases for its principals. It would be beneficial to understand the impact of these increases if you include the baseline numbers. An $8,000 increase in base pay seems to be a significant amount. It would be nice to know what percentage the $8,000 amounts to.
My guess is the percentage is greater than the average rate. Knowing the complete compensation package dollar value would give your readers a better understanding of how their tax dollars are being spent.