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April 1, 2016

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The Facts Regarding Prop Y and MRH

A recent postcard mailed to community members unfortunately contains incorrect information regarding Proposition Y and the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District. To ensure our community has the correct facts, we have compiled the following information:

  • St. Louis County tax rates are a combination of rates. You cannot look at one segment because the whole tax rate calculation is done on an average of four different types of property: Residential, Commercial, Agriculture, and Personal Property. A proper comparison of MRH with other school districts must be based upon this whole tax rate calculation. When this is done, the passage of Prop Y will put MRH eighth among St. Louis County districts and not at the ranking stated on the post card.
     
  • MRH’s expenditures per student fall within the median for mid-county and at $14,253 (2014-15) are well below the neighboring districts of Brentwood ($16,488) and Clayton ($17,870). The figure of $18,934 presented by others is simply incorrect.
     
  • MRH’s tax rate is slightly higher than other districts because MRH has the smallest tax base of any mid-county school district, resulting in the need to have slightly higher rates to generate the same revenue. Because of this difference, other districts can tax at a lower rate to get even higher revenues than    MRH. This factor is further complicated by the nearly $10,845,900 in property within the District that is subject to TIFs (tax increment financing), for which the District receives little or no tax monies.
  Assesses Value of District Enrollment (not including Pre-K) Assessed Value Per Student
Clayton $1,002,431,060 2,548 $393,419
Brentwood $299,890,010 788 $380,571
MRH $263,038,660 1,198 $219,565

                                                                                               * Data provided by DESE for the 2014-2015 school year.

For complete and factual information on Proposition Y, we encourage all residents to visit www.mrhschools.net or contact any member of the Board of Education.

Learn more about Proposition Y:

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.