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Voters to decide tax and bond measures for schools

Voters to decide tax and bond measures for schools

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Voters in some school districts will decide on various tax and bond measures on Tuesday.

St. Louis County

Hancock Place — A no-tax increase proposition for a $13.3 million bond to repair roofing and ventilation systems at the middle school and build a new gym at the elementary school, among other projects.

Kirkwood — A no-tax increase proposition for a $61.3 million bond to address crowding and make improvements to school buildings and security. Voters rejected a $70 million proposal last June to build a new elementary school in the district. Kirkwood’s enrollment dropped to 6,077 last fall, down 1% from the district’s three-year average, according to state data. The district said it gained an additional 62 students since returning to in-person classes.

Ladue — A property tax increase of 8 cents for each $100 of assessed value to pay for a $126 million bond to build or upgrade labs, classrooms, studios, libraries and gyms along with security improvements. In 2020, the district had the lowest combined operating and debt service levy of any school district in the county at $3.59 per $100. 

Mehlville — A no-tax increase proposition for a $35 million bond to repair 19 school buildings, including roof, security and parking improvements, and make all buildings fully accessible.

Normandy Schools Collaborative — Voters will decide on two propositions: a no-tax increase $26.5 million bond issue and a tax rate increase of 58 cents for every $100 of assessed value. Revenues would mostly be earmarked for improvements to Normandy High School. Critics including St. Louis County Council Chairwoman Rita Heard Days said they don’t trust the district’s leadership to manage the money transparently or effectively after the hiring of an uncredentialed superintendent.

Riverview Gardens — Residents will vote on raising the property tax by no more than $1.65 for each $100 of assessed value. The $3.4 million raised each year would go toward staff raises, preschool expansion and general operating expenses.

St. Charles County

City of St. Charles — A no-tax increase proposition for a $50 million bond to build and renovate school buildings and improve security in the district. The revenue also would be earmarked for a gym and storm shelter at Null Elementary.

Fort Zumwalt — A tax rate increase of 39 cents for each $100 of assessed value to stabilize the district’s budget and class sizes. The measure would raise $10.6 million each year.

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