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Backers of school levy tap social media

By David Knopf, News Editor

Supporters of the Aug. 5 Richmond Public Schools’ proposed 50-cent levy increase have taken their case to Facebook, the popular social-media site.
Postings at www.facebook.com/citizensforbetterrichmond answer common questions: What’s being requested, what will it accomplish and how will it affect property taxes.
The site’s first post for Proposition 1 provides the ballot language voters will see at the polls:
“Shall the Board of Education of the Richmond R-XVI School District, Missouri, be authorized to increase the operating tax levy ceiling by $0.50 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the purpose of completing safety and security improvements to the District’s facilities where necessary, retaining qualified staff, maintaining its facilities and meeting the operating expenses of the District? If this proposition is approved, the adjusted operating levy of the School District is estimated to increase from $4.0946, currently, to $4.5946 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation for the 2014 Tax Year and will be applied to the assessed valuation each year thereafter.”

For the complete story, see the June 30 print edition of the Richmond News.

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