St. Vrain Valley School district Property Tax Increase (November 2012)

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A St. Vrain Valley School district Property Tax Increase question was on the November 6, 2012 election ballot in Boulder, Larimer, Weld, and Broomfield counties, which are in Colorado, where it was approved.

This question authorized St. Vrain Valley School District to increase its taxes by 6.27 mills ($6.27 per $1,000 of assessed valuation) which would results in an increase of $14.8 million in the first year, 2013. This additional revenue would be used for staff funding, upgrade technology and enhancing early childhood education.[1]

Election results

St. Vrain Valley School District Tax Levy
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 45,311 56.75%
No34,53043.25%

Election results from Boulder County Current Election Results Summary, Larimer County Current Election Results Summary and Weld County Summary of Election Results.

Text of measure

Language on the ballot:

SHALL ST. VRAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1J TAXES BE INCREASED $14,800,000 IN TAX YEAR 2012 FOR COLLECTION IN YEAR 2013 (AND BY WHATEVER AMOUNTS MAY BE COLLECTED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER) FROM A MILL LEVY INCREASE NOT TO EXCEED 6.27 MILLS, AS DETERMINED ANNUALLY BY THE DISTRICT'S GOVERNING BOARD, THE REVENUES FROM WHICH SHALL BE USED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES (WHICH INCLUDES THE DISTRICT'S EXISTING SIX CHARTER SCHOOLS), SUCH PURPOSES TO INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
  • MAINTAINING TEACHER POSITIONS AND REASONABLE CLASS SIZES,
  • ATTRACTING AND RETAINING HIGH-QUALITY TEACHERS AND STAFF,
  • UPGRADING TECHNOLOGY TO ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING, AND
  • EXPANDING AND ENHANCING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (PRESCHOOL AND KINDERGARTEN);

SUCH TAX INCREASE TO BE AN ADDITIONAL PROPERTY TAX MILL LEVY IN EXCESS OF THE LEVY AUTHORIZED FOR THE DISTRICT'S GENERAL FUND PURSUANT TO, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 22-54-108, C.R.S, AND TO CONSTITUTE A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO TEH LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY?[1][2]


Support

Supporters of this tax increase argue that the St. Vrain Valley School District has made progress in recent years and has some of the best performing schools in the state and nation but that state funding has been cut by over $20 million of the last three years so that these tax increases are necessary to keep the schools moving forward and improving.[3]


Opposition

Those who oppose the increase in taxes for St. Vrain Valley School District argue that throwing more money at education systems does not cause improvements and is used as an excuse to avoid what will truly improve schools: financial frugality and, most of all, parental involvement. They also point out that after the tax increase approved by voters in 2008, CSAP and ACT scores, which were farther above the state average in 2008, have become closer to the state average instead of increasingly exceeding it.[1]

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]

See also


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Boulder County Elections, Tabor Notice (dead link)
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named till
  4. Colorado Amendment 66



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