Missouri: St. Louis County Voters Approving Tax Hikes for Library
Tax increases for the county library system and the Special School District passed easily Tuesday.
The 6-cent library tax levy increase will fund $108 million of construction and renovation of the library system. The school district’s 19-cent hike will increase salaries for teachers and staff, expand services and pay for construction and updated technology. Simple majorities were required for passage of both referendums.
Library director Charles Pace said assembling a broad spectrum of support made the difference.
“What put us over the top, I think, was that we were successful in putting together a coalition of business, labor, educational and cultural organizations,” Pace said.
The measure was opposed by the county’s Republican Central Committee, which cited concerns about raising taxes in the face of falling incomes. Historic preservationists objected to plans to demolish the Lewis and Clark branch in north St. Louis County.
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