The Monroe City R-1 School District was notified the school could raise their tax rate by $0.05 legally without a vote due to a loss of state Railroad and Utility money. The school received a letter in July indicating the approval of the tax rate increase. On August 12, the Monroe City Board of Education declined the $0.05 tax rate increase that could be allowed by the Missouri State Auditor during a regular session school board meeting.
Superintendent Dr. Tracy Bottoms stated, “After the passage of Prop 2 last April, the Monroe City Board of Education did not want to add that additional financial burden on the patrons of the Monroe City School District.” The approval of the Prop 2 bond caused a $0.43 tax increase
A ground breaking is scheduled for August 21 at 1:30 p.m. behind the high school building to start the first part of the construction since the approval of Prop 2 bond in the April election. Dr. Bottoms explained, “The first part of our construction will be the Ag building, so we can we can then take down the existing Ag building and start the elementary portions of new construction.”