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Wentzville voters approve tax increase to benefit area schools

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WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV) – Wentzville voters on Tuesday agreed to increase their own taxes after turning down the same increase in November.

By next fall, Wentzville plans to add 72 classrooms to seven elementary and two middle schools, including Boone Trail, where portable classrooms outside handle the overflow.

Construction could start as soon as fall 2011.

“It was about having classrooms for children to go to school,” says Wentzville Superintendent Dr. Terry Adams. “It's a real simple issue for us that we've been growing on average 650 students a year."

Dr. Adams says that’s the message the district took to voters a second time around, asking for a 30 cent property tax hike. A $200,000 dollar home will see an increase of $114 dollars a year for the next 20 years.

The district expects to raise $60 million for additions, and a new third high school to be built in 2013.

Residents will see the increase in property tax bills when they’re mailed this fall in Wentzville.

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