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Teachers help win a tax boost in Webster Groves

Persuading voters to cough up more taxes is never easy. Last fall, when TIME visited Webster Groves High School in suburban St. Louis, Mo., for a special report, "A Week in the Life of a High School" (Oct. 25, 1999), school officials were anxiously plotting to put a tax increase and a new $10 million bond levy before the town's voters this spring. Altogether, the two measures, earmarked to pay for building repairs and a teacher-salary hike, would add $290 to the annual tax bill of a $144,000 home. Last month both issues passed--58% approved the tax increase, and 62% voted...

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