Voters approve Lindbergh’s Prop L, reject Mehlville’s Prop C

Staff report

Tax-rate increase proposals in the Lindbergh and Mehlville school districts met opposite fates Tuesday.

More than 53 percent of Lindbergh Schools voters approved Proposition L, a 65-cent tax-rate increase proposal.

Prop L received 11,859 “yes” votes — 53.7 percent — and 10,229 “no” votes — 46.3 percent — according to unofficial St. Louis County election results.

The measure will generate more than $8.3 million annually for the district beginning with the 2011-2012 school year.

The revenue will be used to shore up Lindbergh’s financial situation, preventing further budget reductions. The Lindbergh Board of Education in March voted unanimously to approve more than $4.7 million in cuts for the 2010-2011 school year, including 45 teaching positions.

The 65-cent tax-rate increase will cost the owner of a $200,000 home an additional $247 per year and the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $124 per year.

More than 62 percent of Mehlville voters Tuesday rejected Proposition C, an 88-cent tax-rate increase proposal.

Prop C received 13,971 “yes” votes — 37.4 percent — and 23,357 “no” votes — 62.6 percent, according to unofficial election results.

The measure would have generated roughly $15.4 million a year for Mehlville to implement the first phase of its long-range improvement plan, COMPASS II — Charting the Oakville-Mehlville Path to Advance Successful Schools.

The first phase of COMPASS II contains $106 million worth of proposals designed to make Mehlville a high-performing school district.

Look for full follow-up coverage of the Nov. 2 election in next week’s Call.