Ballot Language

Colorado ballot questions are long due to state legal requirements. The Jeffco Board of Education approved ballot language for the 5A Mill Levy Override and the 5B Bond on September 6, 2018.

5A Mill Levy Override Ballot language:

SHALL JEFFERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT R-1’S TAXES BE INCREASED $33 MILLION ANNUALLY IN THE 2018-2019 BUDGET YEAR, AND IN EACH BUDGET YEAR THEREAFTER AS ADJUSTED FOR THE PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN THE DENVER-BOULDER CONSUMER PRICE INDEX, BY THE COLLECTION OF AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES FOR DEPOSIT IN THE DISTRICT’S GENERAL FUND FOR THE FOLLOWING EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES:

• EXPANDING PROGRAMS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH (STEM) AND IN CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION;

• ATTRACT AND RETAIN HIGH QUALITY TEACHERS BY ENSURING THE DISTRICT IS ABLE TO BE COMPETITIVE IN COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS FOR TEACHERS AND STAFF;

• IMPROVING STUDENT SAFETY BY INCREASING MENTAL HEALTH AND COUNSELING PROFESSIONALS TO IMPROVE STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, INCLUDING SUICIDE PREVENTION AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING;

• UPDATING AGED AND OUTDATED INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES SUCH AS BOOKS, SUPPLIES AND TECHNOLOGY; AND

• INCREASE EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAMS;

NO REVENUE FROM SUCH TAXES WILL BE USED FOR SENIOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, AND THE SPENDING OF SUCH TAXES FOR THE BENEFIT OF DISTRICT STUDENTS WILL BE REVIEWED BY THE CITIZENS’ FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND SUBJECTED TO AN ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDIT; AND WITH SUCH TAXES TO BE IN EXCESS OF PROPERTY TAX REVENUES THAT WOULD BE PROVIDED BY THE GENERAL FUND MILL LEVY PERMITTED UNDER STATE LAW WITHOUT SUCH INCREASE AND, TOGETHER WITH REVENUES FROM SPECIFIC OWNERSHIP TAXES ATTRIBUTABLE THERETO AND THE EARNINGS ON SUCH TAXES AND REVENUES, TO CONSTITUTE A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE AND SPENDING CHANGE UNDER, TO BE COLLECTED AND SPENT EACH YEAR WITHOUT LIMITATION BY THE REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITS OF, AND WITHOUT AFFECTING THE DISTRICT’S ABILITY TO COLLECT AND SPEND OTHER REVENUES OR FUNDS UNDER, ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?


5B Bond Ballot language:

SHALL JEFFERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT R-1’S DEBT BE INCREASED $567 MILLION WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF $997.64 MILLION OR SUCH LESSER AMOUNT AS MAY BE NECESSARY, AND SHALL JEFFERSON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT R-1’S TAXES BE INCREASED $67.4 MILLION ANNUALLY OR SUCH LESSER AMOUNT AS MAY BE NECESSARY FOR THE PAYMENT OF SUCH DEBT, ALL FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING DISTRICT STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND STAFF WITH A SAFE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT PREPARES DISTRICT STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE AND THE WORKFORCE BY:

• ADDING AND EXPANDING CAREER/TECHNICAL EDUCATION FACILITIES;

• UPGRADING SAFETY AND SECURITY IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS;

• REPAIRING, RENOVATING, EQUIPPING OR RE-CONSTRUCTING SCHOOL BUILDINGS TO ENSURE ALL SCHOOLS ARE MORE SAFE, EFFICIENT, AND ACCESSIBLE TO ALL STUDENTS, INCLUDING THOSE WITH DISABILITIES;

• CONSTRUCTING, FURNISHING, EQUIPPING AND SUPPORTING NEEDED SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND CLASSROOMS AT ALL TYPES OF SCHOOLS, INCLUDING SCHOOLS CHARTERED BY THE DISTRICT;

AND ALSO ACQUIRING, PURCHASING, CONSTRUCTING, EQUIPPING, IMPROVING, EXPANDING, REPAIRING, REMODELING AND FURNISHING DISTRICT SCHOOL BUILDINGS, FACILITIES AND GROUNDS; WITH THE DISTRICT TO HAVE A PREFERENCE FOR HIRING LOCAL CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTORS, AND TO SPEND THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH DEBT ONLY FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS AND NOT FOR SALARIES OF SENIOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, AND WITH THE SPENDING OF THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH DEBT TO BE MONITORED BY THE CITIZENS’ CAPITAL ASSET ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND BE SUBJECT TO AN ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDIT; AND WITH SUCH DEBT TO MATURE, BE SUBJECT TO REDEMPTION, WITH OR WITHOUT PREMIUM, AND BE ISSUED, DATED AND SOLD AT, ABOVE OR BELOW PAR, AND AT SUCH TIME OR TIMES AND IN SUCH MANNER AND CONTAINING SUCH TERMS, NOT INCONSISTENT HEREWITH, AS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY DETERMINE; AND IN CONNECTION THEREWITH (I) TO INCREASE THE DISTRICT’S AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES IN ANY YEAR AS STATED ABOVE IN AN AMOUNT SUFFICIENT TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON SUCH DEBT WHEN DUE AND TO FUND ANY RESERVES FOR THE PAYMENT THEREOF, AND (II) TO COLLECT AND SPEND THE PROCEEDS OF SUCH DEBT AND THE REVENUES FROM SUCH TAXES AND THE SPECIFIC OWNERSHIP TAXES ATTRIBUTABLE THERETO AND ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH PROCEEDS AND REVENUES AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE AND SPENDING CHANGE WITHOUT LIMITATION BY THE REVENUE AND SPENDING LIMITS OF, AND WITHOUT AFFECTING THE DISTRICT’S ABILITY TO COLLECT AND SPEND ANY OTHER REVENUES OR FUNDS UNDER, ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?


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