I believe it is a serious error for O'Fallon voters to fail to support the District 90 tax increase proposition. When our children were younger, we moved to Millstadt because of Millstadt's reputation for quality education. O'Fallon schools have had a similar reputation. People want to live there because of the excellent schools, and that keeps property values high.
Eliminating art, music, PE, computer classes and services for special needs students will cause District 90s reputation to suffer irreparable damage. All fees will double, the classes (already large) will be much larger. In turn, property values will decline significantly. Those who think otherwise need only look at the decline of the East St. Louis schools and the impact this has had on property values there.
In anticipation of this day, teachers in District 90 accepted a salary freeze two years ago. Are there other expenses that could be reduced? Possibly, but while giving attention to that, O'Fallon voters need to ask if their savings on taxes will be offset by a much greater decline in property values. Too, if these programs are eliminated, will students be adversely affected?
In 1955, I started playing a musical instrument at Edgemont School in East St. Louis. That led to participation in high school and college musical groups and eventually to serving for more than 50 years as a church organist. My life would have been very different and its quality greatly diminished if East St. Louis School District 189 had eliminated its music program.