Phillips emphasized the proposition on Tuesday’s ballot represents no increase in the tax levy, which will remain at $3.84 regardless of whether or not it is approved by the voters.

On the eve of Tuesday’s election, Macks Creek school officials are hoping patrons in the district say yes to a proposal that could bring in as much as $75,000 in added revenue without placing the burden on taxpayers 

Approval of the proposition on the ballot would allow the school to take advantage of additional funding from the Missouri Department of Elementary Education earmarked for small rural schools. 

Phillips emphasized the proposition on Tuesday’s ballot represents no increase in the tax levy, which will remain at $3.84 regardless of whether or not it is approved by the voters.  

“In a nutshell, taxpayers are being asked to consider moving 10 cents from the Fund III (debt service levy) to Fund I (general operating levy).  Small rural Missouri schools who have less than 350 students are eligible for additional state funding if they have a minimum Fund I levy of $3.43 (our current Fund I levy is approximately $3.33).  The district estimates if voters approve, it will receive $70,000 to $75,000 each year in additional funds from the state’s Small Schools Fund while still having enough revenue to pay back bond holders (for the voter approved bond issue which funded our elementary remodel and addition project in 2015),” Phillips said. 

 The district hopes to utilize these additional small schools funds to continue to make improvements in technology for students and to maintain a competitive salary schedule to attract and retain highly qualified teachers, according to Phillips.  

 

PROPOSITION

Shall the Board of Education of Macks Creek R-V School District of Camden County, Missouri, be authorized to increase the adjusted operating tax levy by $0.10 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the purpose of school operations?

If this question is approved, the adjusted operating property tax levy of the school district is expected to increase to $3.43 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation.

The District expects to make a corresponding reduction to its debt service property tax levy of $0.10, resulting in no increase to the District’s estimated total property tax levy.