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Proposition K.I.T.S.

Attracting, employing, and retaining quality staff is an identified goal in our District Strategic Plan and considered a budget priority by the Board of Education. We’re seeking approval to adjust our operating tax levy by $0.2204, ensuring we can continue to meet this goal, enhance teacher support, and cover additional operating expenses. Importantly, this adjustment won’t increase the current tax levy, as we plan to offset it by reducing the debt service levy by the same amount. This helps us maintain competitive teacher pay and benefits, crucial for the success of our students while keeping the total tax levy the same.  The passing of Proposition K.I.T.S. (Keep It The Same) ensures a strong educational foundation for our community, especially in the face of nationwide teacher shortages.

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Official Ballot Language:

Shall the Board of Education of the Holden R-III School District, Missouri be authorized to increase the operating tax levy by $0.2204 to $3.7500 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the purpose of attracting and retaining quality certified and support staff and meeting additional operating expenses?

If this proposition is approved, the adjusted operating tax levy of the District is estimated to increase by $0.2204 from $3.5296, currently, to $3.7500 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the 2024 Tax Year and can be applied to the assessed valuation for each year thereafter. The District intends to reduce the debt service levy by $0.2204 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation in order to offset the estimated $0.2204 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation increase to the operating levy if this Proposition is approved by the voters.