Proposed tax hike passes in Pattonville School District

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Homeowners in the Pattonville School District approved Proposition P, which district officials said would help avoid teacher and program cuts.

This is the first tax increase for the school board in 22 years.  The district said it was desperately needed.  The measure passed overwhelmingly, by 70% in a St. Louis County special election on Tuesday.  In August 2013, board members approved a request for a rate increase of $0.99 for commercial, agricultural and personal property and a residential tax-rate increase of $0.35.

Officials said they first saw trouble when property values started falling, choking off tax revenue for the school.  They also said they tried to avoid any job and program cuts by not replacing positions left by staff who retired, closing Briar Crest Elementary School, and freezing teacher and administrator salaries.

On the district website, Superintendent Dr. Michael Fulton issued this statement:

“We thank the Pattonville community for supporting the tax increase…  The passage of Prop P is an important step forward for our students and community.”

Homeowners with houses valued at $125,000 could see an increase of $6.85 a month or $82.80 a year.  But, officials said homeowners may still see smaller tax bills this year since some property values continue to fall.

Officials said without this increase, they would have to cut teacher jobs, restrict the purchase of new textbooks and start charging parents for extracurricular activities.  They admitted those programs give kids a safe place to go in the afternoons, but could be unaffordable for many of the district’s families.

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  • ByeByeToTheRite

    Fools, all. Yeah, the district is short cash because the wealthy owners of the casino there got a HUGE TAX BREAK on property taxes – so the rich get a tax break, the little people vote to raise their own taxes! Smart! Must be right-wingers.

    • ByeByeToTheRite

      Hollywood Casino is appealing their prop tax – say they should only pay on value of $170 MILLION, even though it was JUST BOUGHT for $600 MILLION. Can YOU the homeowner do that? Have fun paying those higher taxes so the rich don’t have to!

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