2018 Mill Levy Override Basics

Jeffco Schools is asking the voters to consider a $33 million mill levy override, which will fund ongoing expenses used to fund education for 86,000 students. Currently, per-pupil funding for Jeffco’s students lags behind the national average by approximately $2,500. A mill levy override provides additional money used for programming, support, and keeping the best teachers in Jeffco.

If approved by voters in November, funding would be distributed as follows:

  • 50 percent to attract and retain the best teachers and staff. Jeffco needs to stay competitive with neighboring districts to attract and retain quality teachers, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, custodians, IT professionals, and all the people who educate our children, maintain our school buildings, and keep our students safe.                                                                  
  • 20 percent to increase school safety and security. This category includes additional mental health support and additional counseling in schools for students in need.                                                                                                                         
  • 10 percent to increase career and technical educational programming and STEM options so these educational opportunities are more widely available to students throughout the district.                                                                                              
  • 10 percent to add and update new classroom materials, technology, and resources to prepare students for 21st century careers.                                                                                                                                                                          
  • 10 percent to expand full-day early childhood education, including expanding full-day kindergarten and preschool options so that our students thrive.

Mill levy dollars are shared on a per-pupil basis with all Jeffco's charter schools.

No mill levy dollars will be used to fund senior central administration. All mill levy override dollars will be monitored by a citizen oversight committee and they will audited by an external organization each year.

To learn more about how the district will use the funding, check out the Jeffco Schools Mill Levy Override page and their Future Funding page.