The Piper School District budget issue special election question passed 300-164, according to unofficial results from the Wyandotte County Election office.
Voters approved increasing the local option budget 1 percent, from 30 percent to 31 percent. That means an increase of around $150,000 that will be used in the classrooms, according to the district. The tax increase was estimated at about $1.35 a month on a $275,000 home.
Voting in favor of the budget question were 64.66 percent of the voters. Voter turnout was 6.24 percent, according to election figures.
According to Piper school district information, state aid has not kept up with expenses of the district. State aid has declined while operational costs rose 3 percent, according to school district information. State aid in Piper is about $650 less per student than it was eight years ago.
Piper High School – softball at Salina (state)
– Varsity lost to Ft. Scott 5-6
Piper High School – track Wichita (state)
– boys 8th place and girls 9th place as team
– State Champions: Girls 4×100 relay (Victoria Webb, Talia Simmons, Madee Erwin, and Tristian Davis (6th title in 7 yrs)
– State Runner-Up: Boys 4×400 relay (Dion Saunders, Brendan Smith, Logan Stacer, and Sean Pahls
– Medalist: Tristian Davis 3rd in 100, Jordan Guess 3rd in triple jump, Victoria Webb 5th in triple jump, Sean Pahls 4th in 400, Parker Richardson 5th in 300h, Girls 4×400 (Morrow, Erwin, Je. Wayne, and Ja. Wayne), Dion Saunders 6th in 200, Travon Jones 7th in long jump, and Jessica Wayne 8th in 800m
– Piper School records: Dion Saunders in 200, Jordan Guess in triple jump, and Boys 4×400
– Information from Doug Key, Piper activities director
Today is election day for residents of the Piper School District.
A special election on increasing the local option budget will be held today. Voters will decide to approve or reject changing the local option budget from 30 percent to 31 percent.
There are two polling locations for the election to be held on June 3 – Piper Community Center and Open Door Baptist Church. On election day, voters must go to their designated polling place. All voters have been notified by mail of their designated polling place.
Advance voting was available in this election. Those who requested a ballot by mail have until 7 p.m. today to return it to the election office at 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. For more information call the election office at 913-573-8500.
More details on the election are on the school district’s website at www.piperschools.com. Voters must be registered to vote and live in Piper School District to be eligible to vote in this election.
To see an earlier column published about the school district finance in the Wyandotte Daily News, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/educators-stress-importance-of-qualified-workers/.