2011 Property Taxes: $1,229
Estimated 2012 PropertyTax: $1,326
Percent change: 8%
Satisfaction level with city, school and county services: Somewhat or very dissatisfied
Comments: The Duluth Public Schools, ISD 709, are spending something like $500 million dollars to build and remodel schools, but it went beyond just improving the safety of the buildings. Do we need a two-story atrium with a giant chandelier in a high school? Do both high schools need brand new football fields? $500 million dollars could have been spent on improving curriculum and hiring the best teachers. Because of the poor quality education along with more and more discipline problems and violence in our schools, I have chosen to send my child to a private school. The tuition is over $12,000 a year. I have moved in with my mother and rent out my house in order to cover the tuition costs, but it is worth it to me to make sure my child has the best education possible. I'm embarrassed and disappointed that in Minnesota, where we once had one of the best education opportunities in the country, we now have a mediocre, if not pathetic, system. Duluth also has horrible roads and poor public library services for the population size. We have increasing crime without enough police officers in my neighborhood. But still, my taxes have gone up.