September 5, 2002

Prop C Waiver Allows School Board To Raise Levy To $3.16

The Scotland County R-I School Board utilized the recently approved Proposition C Waiver at the August 30 meeting when the board approved a 15 cent increase in the SCR-I tax levy for 2002-2003.

The board of education increased the school levy to $3.16 using the Prop C waiver, which was approved by voters in the April election. Despite the 15-cent increase, the local school levy still remains lower than all but two of the 70 schools in north Missouri.

The average total levy for the surveyed schools is $3.8971, placing SCR-I's $3.16 mark more than 70 cents below the average. Mercer County R-III has the highest levy in the group at $5.34, followed by LaPlata at $5.28 and Northwester R-I (Mendon) at $5.2698.

The SCR-I levy also compared favorably to the Tri-Rivers Conference, which has an average tax rate of $3.44, headed up by Putnam County at $3.72 and Knox County at $3.71. Brookfield's levy is $3.5510 followed by Schuyler County at $3.52, Clark County at $3.50 and North Shelby at $3.49.

Scotland County's level of $3.16 remains higher than Milan's $2.9149 levy after the voters in Sullivan County failed to approve a Prop C waiver and other ballot issues for tax relief for the school system over the past three years.

Even with the 15-cent increase the local levy still is nearly 30 cents lower than the average tax rate in the conference.

The total levy includes the incidental, teachers, debt service, and capital projects funds.

"The Board of Education is most appreciative of the confidence shown by the taxpayers last spring when approval was granted to waive Proposition C," stated SCR-I Superintendent LeRoy Huff. "Prior to the election, the Board pledged to use wisely the levied monies available and this they believe they have done. Last year only two other districts of the 70 surveyed had a lower levy than SCR-I and this year that still remains the case."

The $3.16 tax levy is per $100 of assessed valuation. The rate was approved following a public tax hearing held prior to the regular August 30 meeting of the board.

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