Cost cuts and tax increase likely in Mehlville School District - KMOV.com

Cost cuts and tax increase likely in Mehlville School District

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) -

The Mehlville School District is holding a series of public meetings to get parents' and district residents' input on closing a $4 million budget deficit this year that could double and triple in the coming years.

"We have great teachers and great administrators, it's just financially we're not looking very good right now," interim Superintendent Dr. Norm Ridder told News 4.

District officials say rising costs and the lack of a tax levy increase in 30 years is finally catching up with the district. Without an increase in revenue, the district may have to cut up to 45 teaching positions and eliminate busing for hundreds of students.

Dr. Ridder said the solution to the district's financial situation will likely include a property tax increase, a reduction in teachers, an increase in fees for student activities, and an increase in revenue by increasing the number of students from the Voluntary Interdistrict Choice program, which is different that student transfers from unaccredited districts.

The district expects to finalize a plan by May 21.

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