9 KC-area school districts have tax issues in April 5 ballot
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nine Kansas City-area school districts, including four north of the river, have tax levy or bond issues in front of voters Tuesday as special elections are held across Missouri.
The North Kansas City School District will have two tax-related issues before voters.
Issue 1 seeks approval for the issuance of $140 million in general bonds to pay for the acquisition of land, the construction of new facilities, the renovation of existing facilities, and the purchase of school buses and other transportation equipment.
The district, which is Missouri’s second largest, said the bond issue will not raise taxes but is needed “to accommodate rapid growth” with 1,500 new students expected over the next five years.
Question 2 asks voters to increase the operating tax cap by $0.20 with a corresponding decrease in the debt service tax for a zero property tax increase.
The transfer would give NKC schools more money for “the operation, maintenance and staffing of school facilities.”
Also north of the river, the Park Hill School District has two proposals before voters.
Proposal I is a $137 million bond issue, which would not raise property taxes.
If passed, the money would be used to build a new elementary school and meet the infrastructure needs of existing facilities in the district.
Proposition N asks voters to approve the transfer of $0.27 from the district’s block property tax to the operating tax from the debt service tax, which would allow schools in Park Hill to use this money to operate, maintain and staff school facilities.
The Kearney R-1 school district will ask voters to approve a $44 million bond issue, which also won’t raise the debt service tax.
The district hopes to build a new elementary school, expand early years program facilities, add a new performing arts center at Kearney High School, and make additional infrastructure improvements.
Additionally, the Lawson R-XIV School District proposed an $0.87 increase in the district’s operating tax to help “pay for the increased costs of retaining quality teachers and staff” as well as the “costs of functioning “.
If approved, the district development tax levy would increase to $3.7407 per $100 of assessed value, an increase of approximately $165.30 on the annual property tax bill for a $100,000 house.
Cass County School Bond Issues
Four Cass County school districts issued bonds in the April 5 ballot. Only one would require a tax increase.
The East Lynne School District in Cass County will ask voters to approve the loan of $500,000 “for site development, construction, equipment and furnishing of the reconfiguration of current spaces to make in the face of the district’s recent growth”.
The district also said it needed to replace roofs and add secure entrances among other infrastructure priorities.
If approved, the district’s debt service tax, which is currently $0, would increase to $0.24, costing about $45.60 in annual property taxes for a 100,000 home. $.
The other three districts in Cass County have bond issues with no tax increase on the ballot.
- The Holden R-III School District will ask voters to approve $8 million in general obligations for infrastructure improvements – including safety and security upgrades, HVAC upgrades, lighting, repairing the roof, resurfacing the parking lot, additional storage and technology, and improving playgrounds and sports facilities;
- Pleasant Hill R-III makes a similar zero-tax increase request to voters for $10 million in general bonds for building renovations, repairs, and expansions;
- Finally, Strasbourg’s C-3 School District has a $2.2 million bond issue in front of voters that would include safety and security upgrades, remove asbestos, and various other infrastructure improvements.
Jackson County School Taxes
The Lone Jack C-6 School District will ask voters on Tuesday to approve a $0.2436 transfer from its debt service tax to its operating tax in an effort to “attract and retain certified staff and of quality support, to maintain its facilities and to meet the operating expenses of the District.
If approved, there will be no net change in the district’s overall property tax.