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Jefferson County School Levy Increase (November 2012)

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A Jefferson County School Bond Measure was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in Jefferson County, Colorado. It was approved.

This measure sought to increase the current school levy to about $1.23 per $100,000 of assessed value, when combined with the proposed bond. The levy increase was designed to go towards further paying for general school needs in the district.[1][2]

Election results

Question 3B-Jefferson County School Tax
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 173,605 58.90%
No121,14641.10%

Election results from Jefferson County Current Election Results Summary

Text of measure

Language on the ballot:

SHALL JEFFERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT R-1’S TAXES BE INCREASED $39 MILLION ANNUALLY BY THE COLLECTION OF AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES FOR THE 2012-2013 BUDGET YEAR AND EACH BUDGET YEAR THEREAFTER FOR DEPOSIT IN THE DISTRICT’S GENERAL FUND FOR THE EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES OF MAINTAINING THE DISTRICT’S TRADITIONS OF EXCELLENCE, GREAT TEACHERS AND GREAT LEADERS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO:

• MAINTAINING REASONABLE CLASS SIZES BY RECRUITING AND RETAINING HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS AND INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF;

• MAINTAINING CURRENT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS SUCH AS ELEMENTARY INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC, LIBRARIES, COUNSELING, TEACHER TRAINING, AND DISTRICT-WIDE TECHNOLOGY;

• MAINTAINING HEALTHY AND SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS;

• CONTINUING THE DISTRICT’S COMMITMENT TO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY, AND TO MAINTAIN AN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM OF THE HIGHEST QUALITY AND STANDARDS;

• PAYING THE INCREASED COSTS OF DISTRICT UTILITIES AND FUEL; AND

• REINSTATING INSTRUCTIONAL DAYS;

WITH SUCH TAXES TO BE IN EXCESS OF PROPERTY TAX REVENUES THAT WOULD BE PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL FUND MILL LEVY PERMITTED UNDER STATE LAW WITHOUT SUCH INCREASE AND, TOGETHER WITH REVENUES FROM SPECIFIC OWNERSHIP TAXES ATTRIBUTABLE THERETO AND THE EARNINGS ON SUCH TAXES AND REVENUES, TO CONSTITUTE A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE AND SPENDING CHANGE UNDER, TO BE COLLECTED AND SPENT EACH YEAR WITHOUT LIMITATION BY THE REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITS OF, AND WITHOUT AFFECTING THE DISTRICT’S ABILITY TO COLLECT AND SPEND OTHER REVENUES OR FUNDS UNDER, ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?

YES_______ NO_________[2][3]


Support

The group Citizens for Jeffco Schools had put its support behind the measure, as had the West Chamber of Commerce board. Both groups stated that good schools encourage a healthy community and ensure that businesses stay in the county.[1]

The Arvada City Council voted on July 19 to also put its support behind this measure, stating that the money would be used for the benefit of students, which helps the greater community.[4]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Avada Press, "West Chamber endorses school bond, mill levy," July 5, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jefferson County Elections, Sample Ballot
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  4. Arvada Press, "School bond, mill levy make November ballot," July 25, 2012