Pequot Lakes School District: Board approves tax levy

Levy decreases 3.23% from this year

Pequot Lakes High School. Brainerd Dispatch file photo

The Pequot Lakes School Board approved its tax levy for the coming year at the regular meeting Monday, Dec. 20.

The district expects to operate in 2022 with a total tax levy of $5,895,207, which is a decrease of $197,069 (3.23%) from this year. The district will have a total general fund of $2,883,775, a community service fund of $221,266 and a debt service fund of $2,790,166.

The board hosted its truth in taxation meeting before its regular meeting for the public to comment on the levy, with roughly five members of the tax-paying public in attendance.

In other action Monday, the board:

  • Agreed to increase the district’s substitute pay rate for paraprofessionals, custodians and food service workers to $14 an hour.

  • Approved memorandums of understanding with service and transportation employees regarding lost wages due to COVID-19.

  • Approved six donations to the district, totaling $7,350, along with a $100 donation to the student activity fund account.

As a part of its consent agenda, the board approved the resignations of cooks helpers Patricia Johnson and Anna Haberle, and head cook Sharyl Murphy, along with a leave of absence for high school social studies teacher Tony Maurer.
Board members hired junior varsity boys basketball coach Luke Friedrich, ninth-grade boys basketball coach Jeremy Max, cooks helper Danyn Maroney, and Haberle as Eagle View Elementary School paraprofessional and Murphy as food service coordinator.


Dan Determan may be reached at 218-855-5879 or Follow him on Facebook and on Twitter at

Dan Determan has been a reporter for the Echo Journal since 2014, primarily covering sports at Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus
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