We're thrilled to see so much support out there. Here's another letter in support of 5A & 5B.
Parents, grandparents, neighbors, community members, local business owners – all Jeffco residents should value investing in our students and our schools and vote Yes on 5A and 5B, the mill levy override and bond.
Just two years ago, every nearby district that asked voters for an increase in funding received it except for Jeffco, meaning those other districts annually have millions of dollars more than Jeffco to spend on their students. If Jeffco had Denver’s additional investment in students from a mill, it would mean nearly $82 million dollars more for Jeffco students every year.
The funding Boulder voters have approved for their students would mean more than $77 million for Jeffco students annually. If Jeffco students had the investment approved by Cherry Creek voters, it would mean nearly $63 million more each year. And in Littleton, voters have approved mills that would make a $45 million dollar annual difference for Jeffco students.
Meanwhile, the average Jeffco school is 50 years old and significantly behind in maintenance and improvements. Issue 5B, the bond, will benefit all schools in Jeffco and ensure Jeffco students have healthier, safer, higher quality learning environments. Jeffco students deserve the same investment currently being made by surrounding districts.
We intentionally raised our children in Jeffco for the strong schools. Over the years those strong schools have protected our property values and attracted businesses to our area. But if Jeffco can’t compete with surrounding districts, our students lose and our communities lose. Vote Yes on 5A and 5B.
Kelly Johnson, Jeffco Parent, Golden resident
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