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O'FALLON, MO (KPLR) - Several school districts in and around the St. Louis area are asking voters for property tax increases in the April 5 election.

That revenue is slated to help fund everything from expanding pre-school, to maintaining buildings, to paying teachers and staff.

In the Fort Zumwalt district, Proposition K asks voters to approve a 48 cent tax hike. District Superintendent Bernard DuBray says the money is needed to hire technology staff, give teachers raises and help to balance the budget.

St Louis City schools are asking for the largest property tax increase of 75 cents per $100 of assessed valuation. It’s the first tax increase that city school leaders have asked for in 25 years. KPLR 11 has been told the money would be used to expand pre-school options, make school buildings more secure and pay teachers and district staff more competitively.

In the Maplewood-Richmond Heights district, voters are considering Proposition Y. If approved, it would raise taxes there by 55 cents. District leaders say those funds would be used to hire more staff, cover increases in general operating expenses and pay for capital improvements as well.

Leaders in the Ladue School District are asking voters there to approve a 39-cent tax increase under Proposition R. The revenue raised from that would finance an $85.1 bond issue to pay for renovations to Ladue Horton Watkins High School. District officials say the funds would also be used to finance technology and safety upgrades at schools across the district.

All of the propositions require a simple majority for approval, except in the Ladue district. That measure needs a four-sevenths majority for passage.