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Ladue Schools seek tax increase to maintain status quo

(KMOV)--People who live in the Ladue School District have a decision to make:  Vote to raise their property taxes or agree to more school system cuts.

Superintendent Marsha Chappelow told me Monday morning increasing enrollment plus declining revenue equals the need for a tax increase on home values (49-cents per $100 of assessed valuation).

Last year Ladue Schools reduced staff and services to save $5 million.  Dr. Chappelow says if an infusion of new tax revenue isn't approved on April 3rd, the district will make another $2-million in cuts.

Dr. Chappelow seems cautiously optimistic this tax increase will pass.

"We did our due dilligence in doing a community survey and that came out very close to being able to pass that (Prop. 1)," Dr. Chappelow told me.  "We made some modifications to it and with that we're hopeful our community's going to support the education we have been able to give our students."

There are two community meetings coming up where taxpayers can learn more about Prop. 1 and discuss it with the Ladue School Board.

The first is Wednesday, February 29th at 7pm in the cafeteria at Ladue Horton Watkins High School.  The second one is Monday, March 5th at the same time and place.

Here is everything Ladue Schools want you to know about Prop. 1:

Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV.

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