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OUR SCHOOLS – OUR COMMUNITY’S BIGGEST ASSET – NEED YOUR HELP. REASSESSMENT DOES NOT SUBSTANTIALLY FUND OUR SCHOOLS.
- The Hancock Amendment, which is state law in Missouri, limits the amount of tax revenue schools can collect as property values rise.
- No matter how much reassessment increases, our schools will only receive 2.1% increase in revenue this year. Cuts in state, federal and tuition funding will offset this small increase.
- Last year $5 million, including 52 staff positions, were cut to address budget constraints.
- Enrollment has increased by 1000 resident students over the last 10 years.
- Revenue has not increased to address this expansion.
- There are significantly more students in the Kirkwood School District, revenue has remained relatively flat and our kids are paying the price.
The time for a solution is now. On April 4, Vote YES on Prop K.
For our kids. For our community.
WHAT IS PROP K?
Prop K is an initiative on the April 4th ballot that will enable Kirkwood Schools to provide high quality education services to our kids. A reasonable increase – proposed $ 0.46 per $100 of assessed property value – will ensure we can continue to meet the needs for our growing student body and help maintain one of Kirkwood’s strongest community assets.
WHY IS PROP K NEEDED NOW?
If Prop K does not pass, cuts will be made from the following areas:
- Bus Service – requiring any students within 3.5 miles of school to find own transportation, impacting students and increasing traffic during drop-off and pick-up.
- Extra-curricular activities – Freshman Sports, Elementary Instrumental Music, and clubs such as: Chess, Math, French, Art, and Jazz Band.
- Extended school day programs
- Summer school and credit enhancement courses
- Staff positions will be lost through attrition, continuing to increase class size
If passed, Prop K will enable Kirkwood Schools to:
- Restore some of the teaching positions that were cut in 2016, which will begin to address class sizes.
- Avoid further cuts to staff and teaching positions
- Partially restore school supply budgets
- Secure financial stability for our schools
- Maintain current bus service, extended school day programs, and summer school and credit enhancement courses
Vote YES on Prop K and help restore critical education needs.
What does Prop K mean to Homeowners?
For a $300,000 home, the increase is about $22.00 per month, but boost in property values would increase the value of that home by several thousand dollars.
According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, for every dollar spent on public schools in a community, home values are likely to increase by $20.
The Hancock Amendment limits the amount schools receive. The last three out of four reassessment years saw zero percent increase in revenue for our schools.
Voters have to make a choice to invest in our schools.
Search for your address and get the facts.
Property reassessment occurs this year (2017). Because of State law, the Kirkwood School District (KSD) will lower the residential tax rate by 26 cents since the inflation increase, Consumer Price Index (CPI), is lower than the average increase from the 2017 reassessments.
Please click here to enter your address to see your 2017 preliminary assessment (from St. Louis County), your projected 2017 property taxes for schools based on the 2017 preliminary assessment, and the increase if Prop K passes.