Results from the April 6 Election
Key Votes Include Bond Issues for Normandy Schools and for MSD
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Here’s a breakdown of the results of key contests across the 24:1 Community.
Normandy bond issues: Prop V and Prop T
NOT APPROVED: Prop T would have increased the operating tax levy ceiling by $.58 cents.
This would have provided funding for some of the following: construction of a new auditorium at Normandy High School, renovations at Viking Hall, expansion of the West Gym, new turn and a regulation-sized track, and parking lot improvements. Homeowners within the Normandy Schools Collaborative would have seen this increase on their annual real estate tax bills.
APPROVED: Prop V is a $26.5 million no-tax-rate-increase general obligation bond.
This will be used to fund improvements at the high school including a connector building to ensure a safer campus, renovations to the cafeteria and library, and a new STEM classroom. Because the district is on the tail end of paying off a previous bond, this measure will add more money and more years of payment. Taxes will stay at their current level.
Here’s a summary with a video from the March 25 Education Town Hall.
Metropolitan Sewer District bond issue: Prop Y
This was the most complex issue on the April 6 ballot. It relates to a consent decree from the U.S. government that requires the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) to upgrade its systems to comply with the Clean Water Act. These upgrades are ongoing and will continue until 2039.
- APPROVED: Yes vote means MSD can continue to issue bonds now to level out rates over the coming decades. Rates will rise gradually.
- A no vote would have meant that property owners will pay for the upgrade projects out of their sewer rates. Those rates would spike in the next few years.
If this bond issue sounds familiar, it’s because MSD brings it before voters in St. Louis County every four years.
In this video, MSD Executive Director and CEO Brian Hoelscher explains Prop Y in simple, clear terms.
MSD Propositions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
MSD has a state charter, which means changes have to be approved by voters. Each of these propositions addresses a specific section of the charter:
- APPROVED: Prop 1 is a catch-all that removes obsolete language and keeps the charter in line with state law.
- APPROVED: Prop 2 will change the way board members vote, particularly when there are abstentions because of a conflict of interest.
- APPROVED: Prop 3 will clarify the language on rate proposals and gives more time for public meetings when rate increases are proposed.
- APPROVED: Prop 4 will increase compensation for trustees; it had not changed since 1954, even though they now meet twice as often.
- APPROVED: Prop 5 addresses the difficulty in finding auditors for this very specialized type of public utility. A yes vote allows MSD to consider a wider range of auditors.