Eagle County School District Levy Increase (November 2011)

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AnEagle County School District Levy Increase measure was on the November 1, 2011 ballot in the Eagle County school district in Garfield and Eagle Counties.

This measure was defeated in both counties.
Eagle

  • YES 4,172 (45.47%)
  • NO 5,003 (54.53%)Defeatedd[1]

Garfield

  • YES 8 (47.06%)
  • NO 9 (52.94%)Defeatedd[2]

This measure sought to increase the current school levy in order to further pay for maintaining teaching positions and school programs as well as maintaining facilities and replacing school buses.[3] Proponents of the measure noted that with the decrease in property taxes, the school has not received the amount of revenue it has in previous years. This increase would have raised taxes to the 2007 level and will allow the district to continue to improve school programs and services for its students.[4]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

SHALL EAGLE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE50J TAXES BE INCREASED NO MORE THAN $6,000,000 ANNUALLY (THE MAXIMUM ADDITIONAL AMOUNT WHICH MAY BE COLLECTED IN ANY YEAR BEGINNING IN TAX COLLECTION YEAR 2012) OR $1,000 MULTIPLIED TIMES THE FUNDED PUPIL COUNT (AS DEFINED IN 22-54-103, C.R.S.), WHICHEVER IS LESS; SHALL THE PROCEEDS OF THE TAX INCREASE BE USED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES: -MITIGATING STATE FUNDING CUTS -RETAINING QUALITY TEACHERS -CONTINUING NECESSARY CLASSROOM SUPPORT FOR ALL STUDENTS -MINIMIZING REDUCTIONS IN EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, ARTS AND ATHLETICS -REPLACING BUSES AND COMPUTERS THAT HAVE EXCEEDED THEIR USEFUL LIFESPAN -MAINTAINING BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS.[5]

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.[6]

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