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Mehlville school board votes to add tax increase to November ballot

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MEHLVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A 49-cent tax hike will be added to the ballot this November in Mehlville.

During Monday night’s board meeting, the school board voted 5-to-1 to place a tax levy increase on the upcoming ballot. The increase comes out to roughly $140-a-year for a $150,000 home.

“So this will be on the November ballot,” Superintendent Dr. Chris Gaines said. “If it doesn’t pass, then at the November board meeting, we’ll present the board with a process and a time line to present additional cuts, probably in the $3 to $5 million range.”

In the past 10 years, the Mehlville School District has been forced to cut around 190 positions. During those years, class sizes increased while test scores went down.

If approved, the added revenues will be used to restore teaching positions, student clubs, technology and for other operating expenses. The added programs would be those that were cut when the district had to cut $4 million from their budget. The added revenue will not replace all of the funds that have been lost.

“It will be a boost, wouldn’t necessarily call it a huge boost,” said Dr. Gaines. “Just because to fund our strategic plan in total we would need about 85-cents but we choose 49. We think 49 is more reasonable and we will be able to hit some huge elements of the strategic plan.”

If the tax increase is approved, the district won’t see changes or revenue until next school year.

The district has not had a tax increase since roughly 1980.

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