KINGDOM CITY, MO — Citizens for the North Callaway August 8 TaxLevy will hold a town hall forum on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the North Callaway High School media center to discuss the need for the operating tax levy increase on the August 8 ballot. All patrons of the North Callaway School district are welcome to attend. The North Callaway School District has placed the 75 cent levy increase on the ballot to seek support from district patrons in order to improve education for students.

According to a news release from the district, Superintendent Bryan Thomsen will be present at the town hall to answer questions regarding the need for and impact that the operating tax levy would have. The district last proposed and passed a tax levy increase of 30 cents in 2003.

“Over the past eight years the State of Missouri has decreased the amount of funding that has been allocated to public schools across the state,” said Thomsen. “The district, our administrators and teachers have worked diligently to reduce spending, but the loss of $1.1 million over the past eight years leaves the district struggling to provide the best education possible for our students — We need this levy increase.”

According to the press release, the proposed operating tax levy increase would generate an estimated $685,000 annually and be used to increase teacher and staff salaries with a goal of attracting and retaining quality teachers and to replace staff positions that have been eliminated in recent years due to budget cuts but are needed to best educate and serve students. In addition, a portion of the additional revenue would support transportation and technology costs and for upkeep and preventative maintenance of district facilities.

The committee for the tax levy asks that patrons bring school supplies to the town hall forum to be donated to North Callaway schools and divided among students in need. Patrons will have the opportunity to tour the new North Callaway Ag-Science Building.

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