One of the things that is resonating with many people considering the tax increase is that the district has experienced tax revenue grow by 64% in the last 10 years yet claims it needs more money from tax payers. This is despite the fact that few people have seen a 64% increase in their income. Most American families have seen flat or even declining incomes in the last 10 years. So, ask yourself, has your family income increased 64%? If not, then it does not make sense to further increase your tax burden?
The chart below is taken from the district's 2015-2016 budget, Page 102. These are the figures that show the incredible increase in tax collection.
KSD 10-Year Tax Collection: KSD 2015-2106 Budget, Preliminary, Page 101
A Huge Increase of Tax Revenue Relative to the CPI
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased by about 23% over the last 10 years. (The CPI measures the change in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services.) The chart below compares Kirkwood School District spending to the CPI from 2005 to 2015 by percentage.