D50 Board Approves Mill Levy Override Ballot Proposal
In a unanimous vote, the District 50 Board of Education approved a resolution at last week’s Board of Education meeting placing a $5.25 million mill levy override on the November 5, 2013 ballot.
It’s the first mill levy override put before District voters since 2002 and, if approved, will help to make up for a dramatic reduction in funding from the state of Colorado. Four years ago, District 50 received about $7500 per student a year from the School Finance Act, but that number has now dropped to about $6900 per student. In total, District 50 has lost about $16 million in funding.
To make up the difference and maintain educational programming over the past several years, the Board of Education dipped into its fund balance. According to the District 50 Fiscal Oversight Committee that balance is now at a point that it can no longer be used to fund the yearly budget shortfall.
Committee chairman Bill Christopher urged the board to pass the resolution praising the academic strides made in District 50 over the last couple of years while warning the District would be “faced with significant cuts if the mill levy isn’t passed.”
The District is seeking an increase of ten mills, which would cost taxpayers $6.63 per month on a home valued at $100,000. That’s a little less than $80 a year.
The approved ballot language focuses on four key objectives:
- PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH THE INSTRUCTION AND BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY FOR SUCCESS IN COLLEGE AND THE WORKPLACE, SUCH AS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH
- KEEP HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS AND STAFF IN THE CLASSROOM
- PROVIDING EACH CHILD ACCESS TO COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION WITH PROGRAMS SUCH AS ART, MUSIC, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND TARGETED READING SUPPORT
- PROVIDING FUNDS TO IMPLEMENT THE NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS WHICH ARE CONDUCIVE TO THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF STUDENTS, INCLUDING SAFETY AND SECURITY NEES IN ADDITION TO THE IMPROVEMENT OF HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS
It is expected that the Westminster City Council will offer its support to the measure which goes to voters on November 5.
Under new election rules approved this year by the Colorado Legislature, voters can register up to and including election day, but voters are encourage to register on line by October 18 to ensure a ballot is mailed to the correct home address.
Voters can register at www.govotecolorado.com
Voters who are already registered should receive a mail in ballot, but are encouraged to visit the website to verify the accuracy of their voter information.
August 22, 2013