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113 Missouri School Districts to Ask Voters for Money

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Voters in 113 Missouri school districts will be asked next month to approve higher taxes for public schools.

Most of the districts with questions on April 6 ballots will seek approval of higher property taxes, or bond issues for capital improvements. The state has 524 school districts.

Education Commissioner Kent King says schools have gone through two years of cutbacks and withholdings in state aid.

King says many school districts now are faced raising local revenues or cutting staff and programs.

Some districts will ask taxpayers to forgo some or all of a property tax roll-back that was included in Proposition-C, the state's one-cent education sales tax approved in 1982.

King says voters in more than 450 districts already have approved full or partial waivers.

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