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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Keeping School Taxes

by Greg Tlapek

The Cape Girardeau Public School District is looking for a reason to tax us.
Reference a July 11, 2014 article in the Southeast Missourian.

Cape school board mulls building new junior high

The school district doesn't want our taxes to go down.  They want us to take on new debt, even though there is no pressing need.

The school board will claim we can take on new debt without raising the tax rate. I understand the claim.  It isn't actually true. Columbia Public Schools, and probably others across the state, are doing the same thing.

I have written an article for the upcoming edition of the Missouri Libertarian Party's Show Me Freedom newsletter.  It explains the scheme.  Please contact the school board members you know and ask them to fairly represent the bond issue on the ballot when it goes for a vote.  The ballot language should comply with the law.  The law states we are told how much the tax rate will increase if we vote "yes".

It will NOT be a no-tax-rate-increase bond issue as they will claim. Every time we have to vote on school taxes it is because the school district wants to raise them.  If they weren't raising the tax rate, we wouldn't have to vote.


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