Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ft. Zumwalt Voters Say No Again to Tax Hike

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ft. Zumwalt Voters Say No Again to Tax Hike

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Voters in the Fort Zumwalt School District rejected a tax proposal for the second time this year on Tuesday. However, students won't see the decision's negative impact immediately, said Superintendent Bernard DuBray.

Almost 60 percent of Fort Zumwalt's voters turned down a proposal to waive the rollback provided by Proposition C, the state sales tax for education. The rollback would have added about 52 cents for each $100 of assessed valuation to the district's tax rate which last year was $4.09.

Voters in the Windsor School District also rejected a Proposition C waiver for the second time. They also turned down a 20-cent tax increase that would have been phased in over two years.

An annexation proposed by Sunset Hills won easily. Troy's effort to add three small areas carried by a single vote. Voters in Union approved a $1.8 million bond issue and a quarter-cent capital improvement sales tax. An $845,000 bond issue proposed by the Shady Valley Fire Protection District failed to muster the needed two-thirds favorable vote.

The Fort Zumwalt School Board is considering a $56 million operating budget for the year that begins July 1. It would be balanced by taking $809,000 from reserves, officials have said. The district can't use past surpluses forever, DuBray said.

"I suspect that you will see drastic changes in the future if we don't get more revenue," he said. "We have to regroup and review the budget. The board has to decide what to do."

In the Windsor School District, only 44 percent of the voters favored the waiver and 35.8 percent the tax increase.

Sunset Hills wants to annex about 1.6 square miles generally bounded by the city limit, Interstate 270, Sappington Road, the rear lines of property fronting on Alswell and Elnore drives and the Meramec River.

Slightly more than 90 percent of the voters in the city favored the idea as did more than 83 percent of the voters in area proposed for annexation. The area also is in the proposed city of Sappington-Concord. St. Louis County officials have said they will not recognize the annexation so long as a suit on the proposed city is in the courts.

Sunset Hills must obtain a court order recognizing the annexation and setting the date it would take effect. …

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