Kirkwood school board will decide next month when to ask for a tax hike

KIRKWOOD • The Kirkwood School District Board of Education on Monday night delayed a vote until next month on a measure that would put a 46 cent property tax increase on the April ballot.

The board will vote in January on whether to put the proposed increase on the April or November ballot. The delay gives members more time to review finances, provide a detailed case for the increase and seek community input.

The board's meeting drew a crowd of more than 150.

The district has cut $5 million from the budget because of a failed 78 cent proposed increase in November 2015, officials said. The cuts have come from reduced teaching, teaching assistant and support staff while the district has seen increased enrollment.

If a tax increase fails next year, the district will have to make further cuts and is looking at transportation, extra curricular activities and before- and after-school tutoring and summer programs.