Altenburg School District No. 48 Tax Levy, "Proposition Safe Schools" (August 2013)

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An Altenburg School District No. 48 Tax Levy, "Proposition Safe Schools" ballot question was defeated on the August 6, 2013, election ballot in Perry County, which is in Missouri.

If approved, this measure would have authorized the Altenburg School District No. 48 to increase its property tax levy from 3.6 to 4.3 cents per $100 of assessed property value. The tax was estimated to bring in a revenue of $1.9 million to be used for a consolidated kindergarten through eighth grade building. A similar measure was rejected by voters in 2010.[1]

Election results

Proposition Safe Schools
Defeatedd No35661.06%
Yes 227 38.94%
These results are from the Southeast Missourian election results office.

Text of measure

Question on the ballot:

Shall the Board of Education of the Altenburg School District No. 48 of Perry County, Missouri, be authorized to increase the operating tax levy ceiling by $0.77 to $4.3738 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation through Tax Year 2032 to provide funds for the site development, construction, equipping and furnishing of a new elementary school to accommodate prekindergarten through grade eight, and to meet the additional operating fund needs of the District? (If this proposition is approved, the adjusted operating levy of the School District is estimated to increase from $3.6038, currently, to $4.3738 per one hundred dollars of assessed valuation for Tax Year 2013 and will be applied to the assessed valuation each year thereafter through Tax Year 2032.)[2][3]


Proponents argued that this levy and the new construction it allows is needed to guarantee safety and accessibility of school facilities.[1]


Those who urged a no vote on this measure said that if this measure were approved the school would have had the highest levy in the area and that there were no firm plans about what should be done with the current school buildings if they were vacated. They also argued that there was not enough oversight of tax revenue.

In a letter to the Southeast Missourian, Dorothy France, a resident of the district, wrote, "Many are already strapped with huge utility and medical expenses."

Tax rate comparison

Property tax levies for other nearby districts per $100 assessed property value were as follows at the time of "Proposition Safe Schools": 4.1 cents in Cape Girardeau; 3.8 cents in Jackson; and 3.2 cents in Perry County District 32. Perry County residents within the Oak Ridge School District pay 2.9 cents; Cape Girardeau County residents pay 3.6 cents.[1]

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External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Southeast Missourian, "Altenburg faces tax vote on new school," August 4, 2013
  2. Perry County Sample Ballot
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.