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Cahokia School District seeks property tax increase to fund repairs, possible new school building

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CAHOKIA, Ill (KMOV)  -- After announcing Monday that it may have to eliminate 70 teaching positions due to shrinking tax revenue, the Cahokia School District also says it may need to build a new high school.

Cahokia officials are asking Illinois voters this April to support a property tax increase, in which the money generated would help cover the costs of repairs to the district's high school. 

The school district has also considered building a new high school with the money from the tax increase because it would be more cost efficient in the long run.

If Cahokia administrators do not make repairs to the building soon, the State of Illinois said it might have to close the high school, forcing students to attend a different district.

While the increase would cost a resident in Illinois 10 percent of their home’s value, tax payers are reluctant to foot the bill.

Click here to read a News 4 investigation the revealed how Cahokia spent more money on one school board trip than other districts spend in an entire year. 

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