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De Beque School District Levy Increase (November 2011)

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A De Beque School District Levy Increase measure was on the November 1, 2011 ballot in the De Beque school district area which is in Garfield County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 10 (58.82%)Approveda
  • NO 7 (41.18%)[1]

This measure sought to increase the current school levy by a rate of $350,000 a year for a period of six years in order to pay for expanded programs, purchasing new technology, maintain class sizes and maintain budget needs in the district.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

SHALL DE BEQUE SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 49-JT'S TAXES BE INCREASED $350,000 ANNUALLY, OR SUCH LESSER AMOUNT AS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY ANNUALLY DETERMINE, FOR A PERIOD NOT TO EXCEED SIX (6) YEARS, BY THE COLLECTION OF ADDITIONAL AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES FOR THE 2011-2012 BUDGET YEAR AND FOR EACH OF THE FIVE SUCCESSIVE BUDGET YEARS THEREAFTER TO AND INCLUDING THE 2016-2017 BUDGET YEAR, FOR DEPOSIT IN THE DISTRICT'S GENERAL FUND FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO: EXPANDING CURRICULUM AND COURSE OFFERINGS; PURCHASING EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY NEEDED TO IMPROVE INSTRUCTIONAL QUALITY AND OPPORTUNITIES; MAINTAINING PROGRAMS AND ACCEPTABLE CLASS SIZES BY ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR FURTHER STAFF REDUCTIONS; MAINTAINING BUDGET LEVELS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPLIES, EQUIPMENT AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT; PERFORMING DEFERRED MAINTENANCE AND FUNDING NECESSARY CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS; AND ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR FURTHER BUDGET REDUCTIONS; SUCH INCREASED REVENUES AND THE EARNINGS THEREON TO CONSTITUTE VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGES AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION AND OTHER APPLICABLE LAWS?[3]

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.[4]

References

  1. Garfield County Elections, November Unofficial Election Results
  2. Garfield County Elections, De Beque School Sample Ballot
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. Colorado Amendment 66