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ST. CHARLES COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - A costly election for the cash strapped Francis Howell School District.

The You Paid For It Team has learned that it could have saved plenty had it put its Proposition Y tax hike proposal on the ballot in May instead of saving it till next week's August ballot.

Francis Howell already had paid $57,000 to put items on the April ballot so adding Prop Y would have only cost the School District another $500.

Instead the financially troubled school district will have to pay $260,000 to put the measure on the August ballot.

The head of the Elections Authority says that because it's the only measure on the ballot.

In April the school district would have shared the cost of the election with other entities. Instead it’s footing the whole bill.

Elliott Davis tried to talk to the head of the school board that made the decision to put this on the August Ballot. But Mark Lafata declined to talk to Elliott. Instead the Superintendent Pam Sloan was directed to explain this deal.

She said a consultant the district hired to gage resident support for a tax hike didn’t finish his phone call survey until after the April Election.