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Wentzville to Seek Tax Levy on April 7th Ballot

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The Wentzville School District Board of Education has unanimously voted to place a 25 cent tax levy increase on the April 7, 2015 ballot to accommodate the continued enrollment growth of the District.

 

The operating levy will require a simple majority from voters and would include a sunset clause that would expire no later than 2035. Passage of the proposed tax levy would raise the District’s tax rate to $5.2391 per $100 of assessed valuation, which would be the second highest out of five school districts in St. Charles County.

 

The cost of a 25 cent tax levy increase on a home valued at $200,000 would be $7.92 per month. The District’s Average Daily Attendance (ADA) expenditures (cost per student) are the lowest in the county and below the state average.

The WSD has been the fastest growing school district in Missouri in the 21st Century. Enrollment has increased by more than 8,000 students since 2001, averaging over 600 new students every year. According to projections in a demographic study released this year by Business Information Services, LLC, the WSD could add more than 5,000 new students over the next decade. The report’s key findings include calculations that indicate one third of the District’s schools are currently over capacity, and an estimate that the District will need an additional 2.5 million square feet of building space to handle the increasing enrollment over the next ten years.