The 'tough choices' Ferguson Florissant School District will make if tax increase isn't approved

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by Adam McDonald / KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 22 at 10:04 AM

(KMOV) – Ferguson Florissant School District officials are trying to get voters to agree with them on increasing taxes after their first attempted was vetoed.

“One of the changes was to ask for a lesser amount, but the need is still there,” said Jana Shortt, Director of Communications for the school district. “We hope that they can see the importance of investing in their local educational institution.”

After losing the vote for the increase, the district surveyed residents and cut its request from 75 cents to 50 cents on every $100 of assessed value.

That last time a property tax increase happened in the Ferguson Florissant District was in 1992, despite reduced local, state, and federal funding.

Many residents say they still plan to vote against raising taxes because the district needs to live with the funding it already has.

Shortt says if the taxes are not increased, sacrifices will have to be made.

“Pre-school and after-school activity buses will be gone. Extracurricular activities (such as) fine arts, music, band will have to be looked at, including possibly the closure of a school in order to deal with the district’s budget deficit,” Shortt said.

The proposed property tax increase means the owner of a $74,000 dollar house would pay an extra $70 a year.

The vote is August 5th.

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