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Van-Far School District asking voters for financial help

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The Van-Far School District is asking voters to approve a 58 cent tax levy increase. The Van-Far School District is asking voters to approve a 58 cent tax levy increase.
The district has dealt with a loss of revenue over the past few years. The district has dealt with a loss of revenue over the past few years.
The district has been forced to eliminate teacher positions because of revenue losses. The district has been forced to eliminate teacher positions because of revenue losses.
Hunter said the additional revenue would help day to day operations. Hunter said the additional revenue would help day to day operations.
The district would also like to address their aging school bus fleet. The district would also like to address their aging school bus fleet.
VANDALIA, Mo (WGEM) -

The Van-Far School District is hoping voters will help them cover the rising costs of daily operations, especially since they've seen a recent drop in revenue.

As the Van-Far School District has continued to lose sources of revenue, Superintendent Stephen Hunter said on Wednesday that the impact is large.

"Our state money is down basically $400,000 from five years ago to now." Hunter said. "Which is a pretty good chunk on a 6.3, 6.4 million dollar budget."

That's why the district is now asking voters for a 58 cent tax levy increase to help deal with the costs of running their schools. Hunter said it could really help  alleviate some of the financial strain. One of which is $270,000 a year that comes from an agreement with an electric plant. That expires in 2020.

"The additional revenue goes into operations." Hunter said. "So that's things like salaries, day to day operations of the schools, maintenance, transportation, technology."

Hunter added that the district has been forced to eliminate some teacher positions, and with an aging fleet of school buses, the tax increase is needed.

"It really kind of replaces some of the revenue that we've lost." Hunter said. "It enables us to pay our teachers. One thing that we've shown publicly is how our teacher's salaries are way low compared to our neighbors."

Hunter said the community has helped its schools in the past. The district passed a bond issue in 2015 to redo its elementary school.

"With that though our facility is aging and things happen." Hunter said. "Things happen that cost money. And so this just supports the day to day operations and would be a benefit."

If the tax levy increase is approved on August 8, Hunter said the district can add the revenue to its budget for the upcoming school year.

For more information on the proposal, you can view the district information sheet below.

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