Residents in the Smithville School district will vote on a proposed tax levy during the April elections. Click to hear KMZU’s Marie King talk to Superintendent Dr. George Curry:
Following a 36% growth in the past 10 years and an anticipated 20% growth over the next 20 years, officials in the district feel it is time to take action. At this time, nearly all facilities are near or exceeding maximum occupancy levels. “Basically, we are trying to maintain our student-teacher ratios, “said Curry, ” When we start to become cramped, we have to put more kids in each classroom. We are a growing district and have seen more housing permits in the last six months than we’ve seen in the previous four years.”
Funds from the $0.9175 increase would be used to build a new elementary school, construct additional classrooms at the high school, and improve security at all buildings. “The high school is growing so fast that we really need to expand there,” said Curry, “We have over 850 students now and we know it will reach more than 1,000 soon. We need classrooms and also an expansion of the cafeteria to prepare for the growth.”
If approved, a resident in the area owning a $100,000 home would see an approximate $175 increase in their taxes.
This marks the first request of a levy increase in the district since 1997. Full details of the proposal, as well as construction plans and costs can be viewed at the district’s website.