Do you know who will benefit from Amendment 66?
Before we jump on the bandwagon for Amendment 66, letís review the past funding for Colorado school districts. The BEST funds helped build several new schools for the Valley, but this was taxpayer money on both ends. The state share was taxpayersí money and local taxes were also raised for the local match. After a few years with new school buildings, the test scores do not show that new schools improve the education that students are receiving.
How are school districts using taxpayer money they are currently receiving? Center school district, gave a $14,000 bonus to an employee just because he didnít spend all of the money from his departmentís budget. Why wasnít the money used for the students or retained for the next budget year? The Center school district is using taxpayer dollars to purchase a house, from a former school district employee. Why not use the money for the needs of students, full-day Kindergarten, ESL, or other special needs programs? Why raise taxes when current funds are not being well used?
Do you know who has put up the funding to pass Amendment 66? The Colorado Education Association CEA gave the first $250,000 of the over $5 million raised for the amendment. Other supporters are the 14 Valley school district superintendents (letter to editor 10-9-13), the school boards of directors, and other special interest groups who may benefit from your tax dollars.
Center residents should recall that you voted in Center to raise your property taxes for the new school, by 13.5 mills, which you will pay for over 20 years. This is 50 percent of the schoolís general fund 27 mills for a total of 40.5 mills. Did the test scores rise by 50 percent? Colorado Income taxes will increase from 8 percent to as high as 27 percent with no deadline. One should think of the small businesses who are already having a hard time keeping their prices low. They will also need to pass the increase on to you. This is a tax that will NEVER be reduced.
We all want the best education for our children, but Amendment 66 should state exactly how our taxpayer dollars will be spent. We want the money to be used for the education of the students, not for pet projects or administrative salaries and benefits.
Please reject Amendment 66 by voting NO.
Proposition AA the first $40 Million go to Public School Capital Construction.
For the complete article see the 10-19-2013 issue.
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