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Ritenour School District - Proposition A

Simple Majority RequiredBallot Wording: For the purpose of attracting and retaining quality teachers and staff, protecting programs and class sizes, eliminating deficit spending, expanding the use of technology at all grade levels, providing more opportunities for students to earn college credit before they graduate and increasing career training programs for non-college bound students and support the general operation of the District, shall the Board of Education of the Ritenour School District, St. Louis County, Missouri be authorized to increase the operating tax levy ceiling of the District by $0.39 per $100 of assessed valuation? If this proposition is approved, the adjusted operating levy of the District per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation is estimated to be $5.0800 for residential real property, $5.3265 for commercial real property and $4.3991 for personal property.Summary: The district wants to increase the property tax by $.39 per $100 of assessed evaluation in order to raise revenue for the operating budget. The last tax increase was in 2005. If passed, the owner of an $80,000 home will pay an additional $59.00 annually. The district says that it has run a deficit in three out of the last five years and that it must raise additional revenue to maintain quality education and be financially responsible. Supporters say that the increase is necessary to maintain class sizes, maintain and enhance technology, provide more college credit classes, and vocational classes for students who are not college bound. Opponents oppose tax increases.
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