Some Kingston residents upset over property tax raise for school bond

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

KINGSTON, Okla. ― Some residents in Marshall County were stunned when they received their property tax statements this past week. Some saw jumps of almost 20%. Daniel Armbruster has more.

In April 2008, Marshall County residents living in the Kingston School District approved a $12.5 million bond for a new building. When the Marshall County Tax Office mailed statements out last week, several people were not happy.

Kingston Schools superintendent Jay McAdams says there was no other way.

"Unfortunately the only way that we had the funds to pay for this type of project is to have local patrons increase their taxes."

In tough economic times, most people don't want to pay more in taxes, but when you have a school district that has doubled in size over the past few years, Kingston residents had only one option.

"All these facilities were desperately needed for this school system. The previous facilities we're replacing were in place when we were a school district of about 500. Now we're about 1,150 students."

Voters approved the $12.5 million bond to fund a facility that will house a new gym that can seat 1,400 people, a band hall, commons area, and a combined cafeteria and auditorium.

Marshall County tax assessor Debbie Croasdale says she has heard from many people who don't seem to understand the tax increase voted on by residents.

"Most of the people that I’ve had calling are the ones that out of town, that don't live here in Marshall County, and didn't get to vote in the bond election," Croasdale says.

If you live in the Kingston School District boundaries, you will see a tax increase of roughly 15%. By Oklahoma State Law, the county is required to reevaluate properties broken up into four districts every four years, so if your property was reevaluated in 2007, it is possible you may see an increase slightly higher than 15%, regarding property taxes.

That means if you pay $1,000 annually in property taxes, and you live within the Kingston School District’s boundaries, you will see an increase of $150 annually. The tax rate citizens in Kingston will now pay is close to a rate residents in Madill were already paying.

"We’re the smallest county in the state, and we only have two school districts, and right now there's only a dollar difference per thousand between the two differences," McAdams says.

Superintendent McAdams says that the school district plans to break ground in the coming weeks. If you have any questions regarding your latest tax statement, you are encouraged to contact the Marshall County tax assessor, or stop by the Marshall County Courthouse.

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  • by Gaystuff on Nov 7, 2008 at 01:32 PM
    I thought Kingston had a gym? We don't need to play no foosball
  • by Joe Location: Kingston on Nov 7, 2008 at 12:23 PM
    DAWN, have you been to a basketball game in Kingston in the past 5 years?? The gym is a pretty packed house!! They definitely need a new gym, one that can seat a lot more people. You also have to realize the gym can be used for multiple purposes...besides basketball games (graduation and other large events during inclement weather).
  • by Dave Location: Oklahoma on Nov 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM
    If you think you are upset now, wait until the Obama tax plan gets passed.
  • by Diana C Location: Madill on Nov 7, 2008 at 10:47 AM
    This is reasonable. I pay 400 a year in madill. My friend in Kingston has 11 acres and pays 50? The school could use the money. There are more kids in the county than there are in the city limits anyway.
  • by Leeroy Location: silo on Nov 7, 2008 at 07:14 AM
    The main cost of this bond is for the gym. How much money does the gym or sports bring to the district? The folks with the bond company tells the school to keep the bond on the low down. Ask Mr. Superintendent what his annual salary is. They may need a bailout program or maybe an assistant superintendent.
  • by Dawn on Nov 7, 2008 at 03:39 AM
    They don't need a new gym. They could just expand the current one they have. But really it doesn't need expanding. It's all for show. Now they DO need a larger cafeteria for the middle and high school, but thats it.
  • by Donna Location: Kingston on Nov 6, 2008 at 08:43 PM
    I don't like higher taxes any more than anyone else, but this addition to our school is is needed very much. Our school continues to grow and I believe it is our responsibility to provide the best facilities for our students that we can. Anyone that has ever seen the old "facility building" where middle school and high school students eat their meals would have to agree it is way past being functional. To their credit, Mr. McAdams and our school board have managed to complete many upgrades and improvements and build four new classrooms without a bond issue. I believe that they will continue to manage our money well and in doing so will help prepare us for almost certain future growth. Fellow taxpayers, I feel your pain. But, I and many others also appreciate your support of our students and our great school.
  • by Local Location: Kingston on Nov 6, 2008 at 05:29 PM
    We knew this was going to happen and if you claim you didn't then have been asleep or fell off the planet. This increase is for our children, today and tomorrow. I don't like the hike any more than you do, but IT IS HAPPENEING. So pay it and move on.
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