Missouri Counties Pass Aid For Schools, Illinois Counties Do Not
ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Tuesday was a deciding day for Boards of Education across the bi-state region, many of which asked voters to sign off on school funds as both states cut back on funding for education.
In St. Louis County, Hancock Place and Jennings both passed propositions allowing their respective boards to issue bonds to fund education.
In St. Charles County, over 66% of Fort Zumwalt voters approved the issuance of an $18.5 million bond. Wentzville narrowly approved a 30-cent tax increase to fund its school district.
The community of Windsor in Jefferson County also approved a bond for education funding.
Across the river in Illinois’ Madison County, the story reads much differently. 80% of Madison County voters cast ballots in opposition to a 1% sales tax increase to be used for education. The proposition had drawn considerable debate in the county, attracting political action committees from Washington and elsewhere, as KMOX reported last week.
Furthermore, the St. Clair County (Illinois) community of Cahokia rejected a $50 million bond proposal while Grant voters said no to a property tax hike. Money from both propositions was slated for schools districts.
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