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Tax hike less than 1 percent

When the property tax bills go out next week in Superior, property owners won't see as big of an increase as originally anticipated.

While Douglas County and the Superior school district both raised their tax levies, the hit on the property tax bill overall is only a 0.4 percent increase -- about $9 per $100,000 in property value.

The school district, which raised its levy by 3.58 percent to account for a loss in state funding, the net effect on the tax rate is an increase of 1.29 percent, and Douglas County's 3.25 percent increase in the levy will cost taxpayers in the city 2.17 percent more.

The city tax rate dropped 1.33 percent, and the rates for Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College and state also dropped, by 2.33 percent and 3.22 percent respectively.

The overall tax rate rose from $21.94 per $1,000 of property value last year to $22.03 this year.