Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bonds, Taxes for Schools Win in County

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bonds, Taxes for Schools Win in County

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Education was the big winner in Tuesday's election as voters in most St. Louis County school districts, including the Rockwood district in West County, approved tax and bond proposals.

Most incumbent mayors seeking re-election were successful, with Maryland Heights Mayor John Saffa one of the exceptions. Saffa lost to Councilman Michael O'Brien. The mayors of Valley Park and Washington, Mo., in Franklin County, also lost their re-election bids.

In Rockwood, one of the fastest growing districts in the state, voters agreed to raise their tax bill by $1.23 for each $100 of assessed valuation. A similar proposal had been defeated Feb. 8, and district officials said another loss would have produced a $16.7 million shortfall.

Steve Smith, president of the Rockwood School Board, said residents "thought of the children and put aside disputes about spending and past mistakes."

In other St. Louis County districts:

Bayless passed a tax rollback waiver.

Clayton approved four bond issues for schools.

Ferguson-Florissant approved a $14 million bond issue.

Hazelwood passed a $30 million bond issue.

Maplewood-Richmond Heights approved a $2.8 million bond issue.

Riverview Gardens canceled a tax rollback.

University City approved a $10.5 million bond issue.

The trend continued in St. Charles County, where the Francis Howell and Fort Zumwalt districts both approved $6 million bond issues so their building programs can keep pace with enrollment.

In Jefferson County, the fate of a tax and bond proposal was too close to call in partial returns in the Fox School District, and Festus voters passed a property tax increase for schools.

Voters in Warren County rejected a 58-cent property tax increase and an $8.2 million bond issue that would have financed construction of a new high school.

In the Special School District of St. …

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