Mehlville School District hoping voters approve tax hike Tuesday -

Mehlville School District hoping voters approve tax hike Tuesday

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It is election day for a handful of communities across the St. Louis area and one school district is calling on residents to get them out of the red. 

The Mehlville School district is asking people to vote ‘yes’ on a 49 cent tax levy or  Prop R. Officials say they are facing a $5 million dollar budget shortfall. 

Officials wouldn't talk on camera, but did tell News 4 the money would be used to hire 16 new teachers. Those teachers are not to fill holes that were created when 23 positions were cut, but will target struggling students. 

Prop R would help pay for professional development for teachers and also pay for textbook costs that the district says runs upwards of $300,000.

"I strongly support the tax levy. It is needed for the children in our district as well as the property owners," says Patty Rosenkranz. 

If it passes, the owner of a $150,000 home would pay $11.64 per month in property taxes. That was a deal breaker for some. 

"There really isn't a right answer for it. If there was some way for this to find a happy medium, then I would be all for it," says Meghan Rezik. 

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