After November, Kirkwood Public Library Director Wicky Sleight hopes duct tape won’t be needed to hold the aging library’s heating and air conditioning systems together.
On Nov. 6, Kirkwood voters will be asked to approve Proposition L, a 12-cent tax increase. The current residential tax rate, approved in August, is 16.7 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, down from 19 cents in 2006.
The Kirkwood Public Library Board of Trustees on Aug. 15 voted unanimously to place the tax levy before voters.
Despite concerns of some residents that the Kirkwood School District is not exhibiting fair financial practices, the Kirkwood School Board on Aug. 29 approved tax rates for the 2007-08 school year at $3.75 per $100 of assessed valuation.
In 2005, voters approved an operating tax levy ceiling of $3.85 per $100 of assessed valuation.
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Board Member Ben Clark said the board could be shirking its responsibility by not taking the $3.85 limit set by the voters.
Each of the government’s priorities get siloed into independent taxes/tax districts and each of them want more, more, more. When it comes down to a single issue, who could say, “No, don’t fix the libraries; no, don’t give the police a retirement plan; no, don’t put air conditioners in the schools.”
Back in the old days, I think they had individual elected officials who made the decisions on the priorities for the town. Now each piece of the town sets its own priorities that never conflict with the priorities of other portions of the government. After all, they can always ask the residents to pay more taxes, even if it’s more than the government needs.