ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) – Polls opened in Missouri Tuesday morning, and two ballot initiatives could have a big impact on people living in the bi-state area.
One will decide the fate of Uplands Park. Residents will vote on whether to dissolve the village and become part of St. Louis County.
The cash-strapped community only has 400 residents, and no longer has a police department. A 60 percent majority will be needed to dissolve the town.
Also on the ballot is Proposition P, in which voters in the Pattonville School District must decide whether to approve a tax increase. The district says it will have to make major cuts if it doesn't pass.
The school board wants to raise the property tax rate $1 per $100 of assessed value – though the item says it will limit the increase to 35 cents for residential homeowners, because taxes in Pattonville are broken down by property type.
Proponents say the district is facing a potential $10 million deficit, and Pattonville has already cut some $8 million from its operating budget over the last six years.
Opponents say it's a straight tax increase for everyone in the area.