Voters in the the Ferguson-Florissant School District Tuesday reject a 75-cent tax levy
75-Cent Tax Levy in Ferguson-Florissant Rejected
Voters in the the Ferguson-Florissant School District Tuesday rejected a 75-cent tax levy that would have enable the district to maintain its programs and services to the community. The levy got about as 42 percent majority. It had been more than 21 years since the district last asked for a tax increase.
The levy had much support from community leaders and organizations, including Mayor Tom Schneider of Florissant, North County, Inc., Greater North County Chamber of Commerce, North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice, and North County Labor. Late opposition came from a group called Citizens Against Proposition A which posted on Facebook that the district “can now focus on what’s really important and get back to basics.”
The district will open classes on Monday, Aug. 12 and are expecting 425 student transfers and funding from the Rivcrview Gardens and Normandy School Districts.
Known as Proposition A, the levy proposed a 75-cent tax increase per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation on residential and commercial real estate property and on personal property. A home valued at $100,000 would have had a tax increase of approximately $11.86 per month.
School district officials contend the levy was needed to replace money that has been lost due to Boeing’s assessment challenge, decreased state and local funding, increasing health care costs, and declining assessed valuations for residential and commercial property that stems from the recent tornados and the general economic slowdown.
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