Summit School District Board of Education:: Facts on school finance
We want to take this opportunity to thank our Summit County citizens for attending one or more of the 40 public information presentations that have been held during the last two months about our proposed mill levy question, 3B. For those who may have missed the presentation, it is available to view on the homepage of our website at http://www.summit.k12.co.us. We are proud to be part of a community that cares about public education and that strives to be informed on issues that matter.
Placing 3B on the ballot was not a decision that we entered into lightly. Faced with deep cuts in our budget as a result of the state’s budget crisis and more cuts on the horizon, we decided that taking positive action was in the best interest of our 3,000 students. After hours of thoughtful deliberation, we made the decision to ask our community for the support we need to continue offering our students the kind of education that they deserve.
Our state Legislature paved the way for local communities to increase funding to their public schools by increasing the allowable per pupil funding override from 20 percent to 25 percent. This increase in funding would generate an additional $2.1 million every year to Summit’s schools to offset the drastic cuts we anticipate in state funding and continue our current educational program offerings.
Contributing to our decision to place 3B on the ballot – even though we recognize that our community is still wrestling with the economic downturn – is that property taxes paid to the school district will decrease from current levels even if 3B passes. If approved, 3B would allow the district to retain 1/3 of the 2007 mill levy.
This chart shows the tax impact on property valued at $400,000. With the 2007 mill levy expiring, this homeowner would pay $551 to the school district per year. With the passing of 3B, the increase would be $36 per year.
We are working hard to provide a well-rounded educational experience for our students with a sound academic focus. We have adopted the IB program in all of our schools to invest in the continual improvement of our academic program and character development. We offer our students a program that includes the arts, technology, physical fitness, and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities because we believe that these experiences prepare students for life success and productive citizenship.
We hope that you agree with us that this investment in our schools is the right thing for Summit County. Please join us in supporting public education in Summit County by voting yes on 3B!
Summit School District Board of Education:
Jon Kreamelmeyer, President
Sheila Gronenman, Vice-President
Brad Piehl, Treasure
Erin Young, Secretary
Alison Casias, Director
Margaret Carlson, Director
J Kent McHose, Director
Millie Hamner, Superintendent of Schools
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