Webster Groves votes down school tax issues

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MAPLEWOOD, MO (KTVI) – The St. Louis County Board of Election reported a few minor glitches at polls on Tuesday.  The heavy rain in the morning got some precincts wet, it didn’t stop people from voting, workers moved equipment to a drier spot in the building. Also, some poll workers didn’t show up but the officials were prepared for that with replacements standing by.

The first votes arrived at headquarters in Maplewood at 7:42 pm Tuesday night.

Two school tax proposals were on the ballot in Webster Groves. For the first time in many years, people said an organized opposition was trying to defeat the tax increases which would cost the owner of a $200,000 home about $350 more a year. Residents have been asked to approve many school tax increases since 2000.

The money would be used to make improvements to the football stadium.  A new wing at a middle school would be added to lower class sizes.  They would increase teaches salaries, and make full day kindergarten free, among other things.

Leah Sackett voted, “We moved to Webster Groves for the school district so we always want to support the school district in any way we can.”

Nancy Leahy has lived in Webster more than 40 years.  She said, “A lot of us are getting older and we can’t afford to live in a house that’s taxed to the limit and I feel we’re getting more and more taxes.”

St. Louis County election officials said the world was watching the Ferguson vote.  One election director said he received phone calls from T.V. networks in this country and others around the world.

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