Prop P passes in Pattonville, preventing $10 million in cuts to district

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 7:18 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Pattonville voters gave their support to Proposition P Tuesday night, choosing higher taxes instead of more cuts to a district that's seen its fair share of them over the last several years.

Prop P was a tax increase designed to enable Pattonville to maintain its current levels of programs and staffing.

With its passage, the Pattonville School District no longer needs to cut $10 million from the the operating budget. Pattonville had already cut $ 8.1 million from its operating budget since 2007, including reducing positions and closing a school.

The vote means Pattonville's operating tax ceiling will go up by nearly $1 to $5.10. District officials say homeowners will be limited to paying 35 cents for every $100 their home is worth.

After more than 6,100 votes cast in Tuesday’s election, the tax increase received more than 70 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results posted by the St. Louis County Board of Elections. 

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