Tight School Revenue Picture Puts Levy On The Table

8 years 11 months 1 day ago Monday, May 09 2011 May 9, 2011 Monday, May 09, 2011 6:18:00 PM CDT May 09, 2011 in News
By: Kyle Stokes
loading

COLUMBIA - Before district leaders met to discuss Columbia Public Schools' cutting $2 million from its budget Monday, Superintendent Chris Belcher recalled an analogy about the schools' funding situation.

"You get so focused on draining the swamp, you don't notice the alligators surrounding you," Belcher said.

Those 'alligators' are the impending lack of state funding Belcher says will leave the district with $12 million in revenue over the next three to four years. This funding pinch means for the first time since 2008, the option of a tax levy for the schools is back on the table — although there's no timetable for when the levy would go to the voters yet.

Belcher was set to lay out the options for levy amounts of 40-cent, 60-cent, and 80-cent increase in a presentation at Monday's board meeting. He says the presentation is meant to start a discussion about if and how a levy should appear on the ballot. 

"We're not in a crisis," Belcher said, but said the district plans cannot remain the same if the state funding situation doesn't improve.

Voters passed the last district ballot issue — a bond in 2010 which funded, among other things, the construction of Muriel Battle High School. The last levy the district put on the ballot, a 54-cent increase in 2008, failed. More than 60 percent of voters opposed the 2008 levy, a historically rare show of opposition to a school ballot issue.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Dickey's Barbecue Pit delivered 30 free boxed lunches to Boone Hospital's intensive care unit on Thursday. Owner... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 10:53:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
STURGEON - Pinnacles Youth Park closed its gates to the public on Tuesday due to concerns of group gatherings during... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 10:36:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Jessica Corradini of Verona, Italy, has been baking bread -- mostly sourdough -- for a couple years. ... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 10:00:19 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
(CNN) -- Stores are scrambling to protect their workers from coronavirus. Some have begun taking employees' temperatures to keep... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 8:48:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The coronavirus pandemic is forcing veterinarians to change their daily operations. Dr. Leah Cohn works at the... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 6:20:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The head of the Missouri Health Department says he's directing medical professionals to provide racial... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, April 09 2020 Apr 9, 2020 Thursday, April 09, 2020 5:46:00 AM CDT April 09, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- The hotel industry has taken a massive hit as people continue to abide by stay-at-home orders during the... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 10:50:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Flooding remains a concern in several states along the Missouri River, even though the weather has... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There are heroes rescuing others from these tough times. A South Kansas City grocery store... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 9:02:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
KOMU 8's Emily Spain talks with Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri Executive Director Lindsay Lopez about the growing... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 7:49:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 continues to change daily life, many people are turning to their faith for solace. But... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:39:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri’s health chief said Wednesday that he is directing medical professionals to provide racial data about... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:27:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The Isle of Capri Casino and Hotel in Boonville has temporarily shut down business operations and implemented furloughs... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 5:04:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
BOONVILLE - The road to recovery from addiction can be hard. Now COVID-19 is bringing more challenges to those fighting... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 4:20:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Parson is continuing to address the daily changes happening in Missouri due to COVID-19. On... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:45:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - City and county officials gave an update on COVID-19 on Wednesday during a virtual press conference. Columbia... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 3:38:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department has made changes to its day-to-day operations since the "Stay Home Order" went into... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:52:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Roots N Blues Festival mourned the loss of famed sing-songwriter John Prine, who died Tuesday due to... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, April 08 2020 Apr 8, 2020 Wednesday, April 08, 2020 1:11:00 PM CDT April 08, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 38°
10am 41°
11am 43°
12pm 46°
1pm 48°