Aging buses: Average R-3 bus is 14 years old

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FINES MASSEY FMASSEY@LACLEDERECORD.COM

Editor’s note: Because the proposed tax levy increase for the Lebanon R-3 School District is a complicated issue, the Laclede County Record has decided to write multiple stories on the issues facing the district that led to the ballot issue. Each story will focus on one of the issues that the district says led it to ask the voters for more money. This story is part three.

 

More than half of the buses in the Lebanon R-3 School District’s fleet are 10 years old or older. 

According to the district, the aging fleet of buses is one of several reasons that the Lebanon R-3 Board of Education voted to place a tax levy increase on the Aug. 7 ballot. 

“This is a consequence of revenues that just are not allowing us to sustain the status quo, and, honestly, I would ask if the status quo we have, is that even what we want as a community? I think that’s at the core,” said Superintendent Dr. David Schmitz.

The district is asking voters to approve a measure that would increase the current state-minimum operating levy by 90 cents over three years. The increase would bring the district up to $3.65 per $100 of assessed valuation, which is just below the state average of $3.67. 

 

 

For more on this story, see Wednesday's print or e-Edition of the LCR. 

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