St. Louis voters approve first school district tax levy hike in quarter century

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The St. Louis Public School district declared victory Tuesday in it’s first bid for a property tax increase in 25 years. Despite a crowded ballot that also asked city voters to approve tax questions for public safety and sewers, as well as the St. Louis earnings tax, 69 percent of voters approved of the St. Louis Public School District’s request for a raise of $0.75 per $100 of assessed property. The district says the funds will provide $28 million annually for teacher salaries, early childhood education, and expanded character education programs.

“This is a proud day for Saint Louis Public Schools and we are extremely pleased Proposition 1 passed,” said campaign chair Richard Gaines in a statement released late Tuesday night. “The citizens of St. Louis have said to us again, they trust us to handle their money, and more importantly, they trust us to handle their children. “

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