Affton Sets Tax Rate; Maintains $0.35 Rollback

Affton Sets Tax Rate; Maintains $0.35 Rollback
Posted on 09/18/2018
Affton Sets Tax Rate; Maintains $0.35 Rollback

On Tues., Sept. 18, the Affton Board of Education unanimously approved the 2018 blended tax rate of $5.4686. This maintains a voluntary tax rollback of 35-cents introduced last year.

“One of the greatest responsibilities of our Board of Education is to remain fiscally responsible, and that includes easing the tax burden on the Affton community whenever possible,” said Patricia Zahn, Affton Board of Education President. “Continuing to take 3-cents of Prop I along with Prop N approved by voters allows Affton School District to continue to support teacher salaries as well as further improve our learning spaces, buildings, and grounds.”

As promised, Affton School District has continued to honor its commitment to the community by investing over $3.5 million in capital improvements throughout the District in the 2017-2018 school year. During that time, funds generated from Prop N, the 49-cent bond issue approved by the community in November 2016, have been used toward implementing Capital Improvement Plan renovations at Gotsch Intermediate School, including: a new gymnasium, the addition of four classrooms, a new art classroom, and a new music classroom in the existing gymnasium space, a new ADA-accessible building entry and security vestibule, relocation of administrative offices, updates to existing corridors, and renovation of the cafeteria.

“It is important for our District to not only maintain the existing tax rate for the Affton community but also continue to improve our schools as well as expand the opportunities available for our students,” said Dr. Travis Bracht, superintendent. “We want to ensure our community continues to see a positive return on their investment in our students, teachers, and schools.”

Capital improvement plans for the 2018-2019 school year including applying 10-percent of the blended tax rate, approximately $2.1 million, toward:

  • Improving safety and security throughout the district, including the replacement of outdated classroom doors at Affton High School, Gotsch Intermediate School, and Mesnier Primary School;
  • Refreshing classrooms, hallways, and learning spaces at Affton High School and Rogers Middle School; and 
  • Making progress on routine maintenance and repairs throughout the district.
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