Bennett School District Levy Increase (November 2011)

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A Bennett School District Levy Increase measure was on the November 1, 2011 ballot in the Bennett school district area which is in Adams and Arapahoe Counties.

This measure was defeated in both counties.
Adams

  • YES 228 (28.72%)
  • NO 566 (71.28%)Defeatedd[1]

Arapahoe

  • YES 147 (28%)
  • NO 378 (72%)Defeatedd[2]

This measure sought to increase the current school levy by a rate of 7.5 mills in order to pay for additional school programs, technology upgrades, maintenance of school facilities and bus replacements.[3]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

SHALL BENNETT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 29J TAXES BE INCREASED $651,640 ANNUALLY IN THE CURRENT BUDGET YEAR, AND IN EACH BUDGET YEAR THEREAFTER BY WHATEVER AMOUNTS ARE RAISED FROM A PROPERTY TAX OVERRIDE MILL LEVY IMPOSED AT A RATE OF 7.5 MILLS (PROVIDED THAT THE DOLLAR AMOUNT RAISED FROM THE PROPERTY TAX OVERRIDE MILL LEVY SHALL NEVER BE GREATER THAN THE AMOUNT PERMITTED UNDER C.R.S. § 22-54-108) TO IMPLEMENT, FUND AND PROVIDE, AMONG OTHER THINGS, • ADDITIONAL CURRICULUM PROGRAMMING FOR READING, WRITING AND MATH INTERVENTIONS & ENHANCEMENTS, AND INCREASED SUMMER SCHOOL AND AFTERSCHOOL OFFERINGS, • A TECHNOLOGY REPLACEMENT & ENHANCEMENT PLAN TO PURCHASE COMPUTER, VIDEO, AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE, • ONGOING MAINTENANCE AND OR CONSTRUCTION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF DISTRICT FACILITIES, • ADDITIONAL OPERATING REVENUE TO HELP OFFSET THE INCREASING COSTS OF UTILITIES, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS, LIABILITY INSURANCE AND TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN HIGHLY QUALIFIED STAFF, AND • A BUS – SMALL VEHICLE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM AS DETERMINED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, WHICH TAXES SHALL BE DEPOSITED INTO THE GENERAL FUND OF THE DISTRICT, SHALL BE IN ADDITION TO THE PROPERTY TAXES THAT OTHERWISE WOULD BE LEVIED FOR THE GENERAL FUND, AND SHALL CONSTITUTE A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE?[4]

Current Statewide

A 2013 statewide measure, Amendment 66, would authorize Colorado to increase taxes with an expected revenue increase of $950 million for school funding.[5]

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