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Projections released Monday by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education show Texas County school districts would take at least a $1.367 million hit annually if a tax cut measure approved by the Missouri General Assembly is enacted.

Under the worst scenario, the county’s seven school districts would lose another million dollars.

The cuts are envisioned under House Bill 253, which passed the Missouri General Assembly and was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon. Legislators will return to Jefferson City in September in attempt to override Nixon’s veto pen.

“These numbers demonstrate that, even under the (Missouri) General Assembly’s own assumptions, House Bill 253 would drain hundreds of millions of dollars away from schools in every corner of our state,” said Nixon, who said it would force dramatic cuts to education and raise taxes on prescription drugs. Nixon already has announced budget withholdings should his veto be overturned.

“At a time when quality schools and a skilled workforce are more important than ever to competing in the global economy, this reckless fiscal experiment would undermine permanently Missouri’s ability to support public education and other vital services. As these numbers make clear, lawmakers can either support House Bill 253 or they can support public education, but they can’t do both.”

The executive director of the Missouri Association of School Administrators on Monday was blunt after the release of the numbers: “The state is already failing to meet its obligations to Missouri schools,” said Roger Kurtz. “How are local communities going to cope with the fiscal cliff created by HB 253? Their only options are to continue to cut programs for kids or raise property taxes to make up the difference.”

According to state projections, the Houston School District would lose at least $330,187 annually. Other districts include: Cabool, $288,821; Licking, $291,736; Raymondville, $77,209; Success, $41,551; Plato, $207,358; and Summersville, $131,089.

PDF: Projected school cuts

The data show a breakdown of district funding levels under two scenarios if House Bill 253 becomes law.  The first uses the Missouri General Assembly’s fiscal note, which estimates a total cost of $692 million once the bill is fully implemented.  The second shows funding levels if the Federal Marketplace Fairness Act becomes law, which would increase the cost of House Bill 253 to $1.2 billion in fiscal year 2014. 

The legislature will reconvene on Sept.14 for its annual veto session. At that time, both chambers will be required to vote to override the veto of HB 253. It requires 109 votes, or two-thirds of the 163 elected state representatives. The bill passed the House during the legislative session with 103 “yes” votes.  If the House votes to override the veto, the issue will then go to the Senate where 23 votes are required to override.

The bill received 24 “yes” votes in the Senate when it was approved during the legislative session. 

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