Tax Levy Information

David Baker

David Baker, Superintendent

On April 2nd, 2024, voters in the Niangua R-V School District will be asked to consider a 43-cent tax levy increase. The levy would provide approximately $100,000 in funds to support our teachers and staff by providing competitive salaries and wages.

The proposition will ask Niangua R-V School District residents to approve a tax levy increase from 3.0241 per $100 to 3.45 per $100. This proposal will allow the district to increase compensation for all employees in order to attract and retain quality faculty and staff.

A tax rate of 3.45 per $100 will generate an additional revenue of approximately $100,000 based on current assessed values. A tax rate of 3.45 will also unlock an additional $100,000 in the form of the Missouri Small Schools grant. Niangua currently receives $70,000 a year from this grant. The small schools fund will be utilized to maintain district facilities and other capital projects.

Why 3.45?

A tax rate of 3.45 per $100 will generate an additional revenue of approximately $100,000 based upon current assessed values. A rate of 3.45 will also unlock an additional $100,000 in the form of the Missouri Small Schools grant. Niangua currently receives $70,000 a year from this grant. The small schools fund will be utilized to maintain district facilities and other capital projects.

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What will it cost me?

The actual increase on each resident will differ by the assessed valuation of property. On our website, we have a general estimate of the impact the tax levy increase will have on properties. You can input your assessed value and the calculator will provide an estimate. You can also contact the District Office for more information.

Meeting Dates

To provide more information and answer any questions, a series of town and district meetings will take place.

Friday, January 19th at 5:00pm in the Old Gym
Tuesday, February 6th at 5:30pm in the Old Gym
Thursday, March 28th at 6:00pm in the Old Gym

Proposition

The proposition will ask Niangua R-V School District residents to approve a tax levy increase from 3.0241 per $100 to 3.45 per $100. This proposal will allow the district to increase compensation for all employees in order to attract and retain quality faculty and staff.

Get in touch

Phone: 417-473-6101
Web: www.nianguaschools.com
Email: dbaker@nianguaschools.com

Please vote on April 2nd, 2024

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On April 2nd, 2024, voters in the Niangua R-V School District will be asked to consider a 43-cent tax levy increase. The levy would provide approximately $100,000 in funds to support our teachers and staff by providing competitive salary and wages.

Other Questions

What is the difference between a levy and bond? Why not use a tax-free bond?

Bond issues are a form of debt that is offered to investors with the promise to repay principal plus interest costs over a period of time. Funds generated from a bond issue can only be used for capital improvements.

Will the increase in salary take place for the 2024-25 school year or the 2025-26 school year?

If approved, the increase in staff compensation will occur at the start of the 24-25 school year.

When was the last time a bond or levy was passed for Niangua?

Our records show 1975.

What Will it Cost?

To opt out of the Teacher Baseline Grant and create our own salary schedule will cost approximately $70,000 in the first year.

Why Now?

We are experiencing a historic national teacher shortage. In order to recruit and retain staff, we will need to give them a reason to join and stay with us. A competitive salary schedule is a very important step in this process.

Teacher Baseline Grant

The state of Missouri created the Teacher Baseline Grant to raise the minimum salary of all teachers to $38,000. The state pays 75%and the district pays the remaining in order to meet the $38,000 minimum.

Our current salary schedule pays teachers in years 1-14 with a bachelor's degree $38,000. With a Master's degree, a teacher will need 9 years experience to earn more than $38,000 a year.

If approved, a tax levy increase will allow a new salary schedule to be created. This will give Niangua R-V Schools an opportunity to recruit new staff and retain our veteran staff, avoiding the "stepping stone" mentality of other small districts, and allowing us to compete with neighboring districts.

A competitive salary schedule, combined with a four-day school week and our proximity to Springfield and Marshfield, will help the district recruit and retain quality staff to offer the best programs and opportunities for our students.

Frequently Asked Questions

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