Did the District purchase an additional lot in 2016?

NO.
The District did not purchase a new house or any real estate this past summer, nor is there any construction planned. They bought an additional lot in 2006. When a private citizen purchased the neighboring property in 2016 and preferred the District lot, the District agreed to an even trade. This trade benefits the District by providing better road frontage access. $737 was spent in fees – a great value for an improved and more usable lot. This is a win for the Citizen and a win for the District.

Why is Prop K $.46?

The District surveyed our community and held many meetings with residents after Prop A failed.

Consistent responses were:

  1. Ask for less
  2. Cut the budget
  3. Give specifics about how the money will be spent, and
  4. Tell us what will happen if it passes or fails.

The District listened:

  1. Prop K seeks a 46-cent increase per $100 in valuation, more than 40 percent lower than Prop A’s 78-cent request.
  2. The District cut $5 million 2015-2017.
  3. The District is communicating how the money will be spent, as well as what’s on the line if the levy does not pass.
  4. While the passage of Prop K will not be able to restore all of the cuts made, it will enable the District to restore teaching positions in critical areas of student need.

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Did the District cut $5 million from the operating budget last year?

Yes.
The District cut 52 full-time staff positions (25 teachers, 24 support staff members and 3 administrators).
The cuts also included reductions in school supply budgets (things you see in the classroom students use to learn) and budgets used to provide professional learning for teachers and staff. These budgets have been cut 35% over the past 7 years. In fact, these budgets are at the same level they were 10 years ago – yet we have 1,000 additional resident students.

How have cuts impacted children?

Cutting 52 staff persons has negatively impacted children. Because of the cuts, class sizes have increased. There are currently 27 kids in the Robinson and North Glendale 4th grade classes with no aide. There are also fewer reading and instructional specialists, so students who need extra help in these areas are either not getting as much assistance, or it is coming from the classroom teacher, who is then not able to spend that time meeting the needs of the other children in her classroom.

Why were teaching positions cut last year?

Since 2011, we have been cutting supply budgets (the things in the classrooms students use to learn) and professional learning for staff.
These cuts, over the previous 5 years, were made in a manner to lessen the impact on students and delay the need for a tax levy.
After the failure of Prop A, cutting $5 million to balance the 2016-17 budget further magnified these cuts and made it impossible to avoid a more direct impact on students.
As a result, we now have fewer people supporting more students, and our kids have felt these cuts.

How much will my property taxes increase?

Assessed value is actually 19% of the appraised value. The appraised value is typically close to market value. St. Louis County determines appraised value.

Click here to determine your personal tax increase based on the formula below.

A simple formula to estimate property tax is:
Appraised value X 19% = Assessed Value
Assessed Value / 100 X $4.1734 = School Property Taxes

Example:
A home appraised at $300,000 has an assessed value of $57,000
$57,000 /100 X $4.1734 = $2,379.

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Here is how you calculate the 46-cent tax increase :
Take the assessed value of $57,000 / 100 X $0.46 = $262.20 a year or $21.85 per month or $5.04 a week or 72 cents a day.

If the District hasn’t received an increase in taxes for over 10 years, why have my property taxes risen?

The Kirkwood School District is only one of the 15 taxing authorities included in a local municipality’s property tax bill. The tax rate is based on total assessed value of approximately 30,000 homes within the District’s attendance area. Individual property values may go up or down, resulting in additional or less taxes. Currently, our taxes are in the lower 25% for the county.
Further, the Hancock Amendment limits the amount schools receive when taxes go up. The last 3 out of 4 reassessment years saw ZERO increase in taxes for our schools. 2015 saw a mere 0.8% increase. All the while, enrollment continues to grow.

Total KSD revenue has only grown 8% in 10 years, while enrollment has grown by 15% and inflation has grown by 18%.

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