3 Major proposals on St. Charles County ballot - KMOV.com

3 Major proposals on St. Charles County ballot

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By Scott Olson By Scott Olson

(KMOV.com) – Three major proposals are on the St. Charles County ballot for Missouri elections on Tuesday.

EMS crews in St. Charles County are asking voters to pass Proposititon E in hopes of increasing property taxes. 

Administrators say the district is dealing with an ever-growing aging population that’s expected to increase by 255 percent in the next 10 years. The proposal would boost the district’s levy by 11 cents per $100 dollars assessed value. For a $100,000 home, that’s an increase of about $21 dollars a year.

Several Mayors from St. Charles County have said that they support the tax increase.

In 2013, the district had to close one ambulance base and cut 13 paramedic positions when the same proposed tax increase was not passed by voters.

Paramedics cover all 585 square miles of the county with 16 to 18 ambulances each day. The service more than 30,000 calls a year.

St. Charles city schools are also facing money problems. To fight the budget gap, the district hopes Proposition S and Proposition L will pass.

Proposition S is a $7.5 million bond issue. Proposition L is a tax hike that would generate about another $3 million.

The St. Charles School District says the bulk of the money from the bond issue would go to upgrade security at the various schools; expanding video surveillance and providing key card access at all the school buildings.

"They are safe now but we need to make them safer," St. Charles School Board President Dale Hellemeier when the proposals were announced. "We have 13, 14 buildings in our school district at various ages and we need to keep up to keep them safe."

The money would also be used to upgrade the schools' heating and cooling systems.

The money resulting from the passage of Prop L would go to teacher salaries.The district currently has the fourth lowest starting salary of the five districts in St. Charles County.

The average home in St. Charles is about $150,000. The Prop L increase of .35 cents per $100 assessed value would be $8.31 a month or a little less than $100.

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