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Posted at 8:54 AM on November 8, 2011 by Paul Tosto
Filed under: Politics

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Most of the elections today in Minnesota are tied to schools or council races. But there's one "quality of life" vote to watch closely -- Duluth's question designed to pay for parks and libraries.

MPR News reporter Tom Robertson writes:

On the ballot Tuesday will be a proposal that would establish a dedicated park fund of $2.6 million. The measure would raise property taxes 3.2 percent. If it doesn't pass, the city's 129 parks and public spaces would take cuts beyond those instituted recently and rely more heavily on volunteers.

City funded recreation programs have been all but eliminated, lawns are mowed less often and deteriorating playground equipment isn't replaced.

City officials say the referendum would also free money from the general fund to avoid big cuts to library services. If the referendum passes, it would save two branch libraries from permanently closing in January, and it would restore service hours that have been cut at the main downtown library

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Paul Tosto

Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.

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