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Lee's Summit School District Levy Increase (February 2011)

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A Lee's Summit School District Levy Increase measure was on the February 8, 2011 ballot in the Lee's Summit school district area which is in both Cass and Jackson Counties.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 37%
  • NO 63% Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to increase the current school property tax of $6.05 by a rate of $.89 which would be on average an additional $28 per month for property owners. The additional money would have been used to ensure further cuts would not be needed to school programs and services by helping with the expected budget deficit. School officials had already begun to find programs to cut before this measure went to a vote.[2] If this measure had been approved, it would have made Lee's Summit have the second largest levy in the state. School officials noted that without the money more cuts would be made to services and programs in the school district though residents were unsure why the district was asking for such a large sum. Opponents of the measure noted they were not against helping the schools just that asking for so much in hard economic times was hard for residents. Supporters of the measure noted that the asking cost of the measure was so high because state funding was not being added and property values had not gone up to make current rates more profitable for the district.[3]