The land for Whiteman Airforce Base has been removed from the Knob Noster School District’s property tax base. Because of this, the district is asking voters to approve a 75-cent tax levy. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Superintendent Jaret Tomlinson:
The district received notice from the Department of Education that if they do not raise their tax revenue, it would have financial consequences.
“We could fall out of being considered ‘heavily impacted’ for the Impact Aid Program, which is how we we receive our revenue because of Whiteman Airforce Base,” said Tomlinson, “So people have to understand that, not only did the federal government come into our school district and remove all of that land for the Base off our property tax base, in addition to that , they bring around 900 students for us to educate.”
In lieu of taxes, the federal government had to give the district some kind of funding mechanism. The tax levy must be raised in order for them to qualify for those funds.
If passed, the levy would be increased 75 cents to $3.50.