Tax increase approval allows local school district to stay afloat

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 7:00 PM

 (KMOV) – The Grant School District avoided shutting down after a tax increase was approved by voters Tuesday night.

The district hasn’t had a tax increase in 30 years but after three tries on the ballot, the small district fell $2.5 million in debt.

"We cut almost a million dollars out of the budget and we cut everything that wasn’t an essential core curriculum.  Art, music, computer, band, chorus, gifted school, resource officers, and anything that wasn’t reading writing and arithmetic,” said Matt Stines, Superintendent.

The district said they’ll raise an extra $700,000 a year, which should get them out of the hole by 2017.

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