Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Board Will Place Tax, Bond Issues on Ballot Feb. 8

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Board Will Place Tax, Bond Issues on Ballot Feb. 8

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Officials in the Webster Groves School District are wrapping up plans to submit proposals for tax increases and bond issues to voters on Feb. 8.

The School Board will discuss the proposals at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the board offices, 400 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves. The board plans to make final decisions Dec. 13, one day before the deadline for submitting proposals for a February vote.

School officials are considering tax increase propositions totaling 43 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation and bond issues totaling $6.3 million.

Much of the money would be used to cope with crowding in district schools, Superintendent William P. Gussner said. Because the district will not receive any additional state aid, the district either must ask local taxpayers to pay for increased costs or cut its budget, he said.

Each proposal would need a two-thirds favorable vote to pass.

The School Board is considering:

A tax increase of 35 cents, which would raise more than $1.15 million a year. Gussner said about $800,000 would be used for increases in salaries and benefits; $227,000 for software, experts and training that would accompany new computers and other electronic equipment in schools; and $152,000 for maintenance work.

A $3.5 million bond issue, which would require no tax increase to retire. Gussner said $2 million would be used for deferred maintenance, including $1 million at Webster Groves High School, $484,000 for new computers and other electronic equipment, $340,000 for energy saving measures, $284,000 for improved access for the disabled, $230,000 for site improvements and $155,000 for contingencies.

An 8-cent tax increase, which would take effect in 1995. The $264,000 a year raised by the tax would pay for hiring as many as four teachers and for equipping new facilities.

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