The Knob Noster Board of Education has approved putting a 75-cent tax levy increase on the April ballot. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade speak with Superintendent Jaret Tomlinson:
Tomlinson said they decided it was necessary because they cannot collect any property taxes from Whiteman Airforce Base.
“Because of that, we have to find other means for revenue to support the education for a little over 900 children that are here as a result of the airforce base,” said Tomlinson, “That money’s called impact aid. One of the components of impact aid states that we have to maintain a certain level of local effort through our taxes. And if that ever falls too far, relative to neighboring districts, then we’re not eligible for as much money from the federal government.”
One of the reasons they decided to put this on the ballot now is because the Board has decided to renew the 25-year-lease on Whiteman Elementary. They are also planning for some upgrades to the building, such as roof repairs, heating and air-conditioning work, and a new front entryway.
The tax is currently $2.75. If voters pass the levy, it will be raised to $3.50, which is still the lowest in the region.