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The Doe Run Company operates several lead mines in the Ozarks, including the West Fork Mine in Reynolds County. A dispute over the value of Doe Run's mines resulted in a large drop in property tax revenue for area schools.
Ryan Delaney | St. Louis Public Radio

In a single phone call on an afternoon in June, Superintendent Kent Sherrow learned that his Iron County C-4 School District would lose nearly a quarter of its budget. Doe Run Mining Company had contested its property tax assessment, lopping off more than $1 million from the Ozark school district’s revenue.

“It’s not the same district it was a year ago,” Sherrow said. “Right now, our whole district is in a situation where we’ve got to catch our breath and get our feet back under us.”