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PARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. RE-2

TABOR NOTICE

QUESTIONS NO. 3B AND 3C

PARK COUNTY, COLORADO

 

NOTICE OF ELECTION TO INCREASE TAXES ON REFERRED MEASURES

 

Election Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Election Hours: 7:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M.

Local election office address and phone number: 501 Main Street, PO Box 220, Fairplay, CO 80440, 719-836-4333

 

Ballot Title and Text:


REFERENDUM 3B

 

SHALL PARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. RE-2 TAXES BE INCREASED BY A MAXIMUM OF $225,000 ANNUALLY, OR BY SUCH LESSER ANNUAL AMOUNT AS IS AUTHORIZED UNDER THE PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCE ACT OF 1994 ("ACT"), AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, TO CONSTITUTE AN OVERRIDE LEVY, FOR THE PURPOSE OF FINANCING THE EXPENSES OF THE DISTRICT INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, EXPENSES FOR RECRUITING, TRAINING AND RETAINING THE HIGHEST QUALITY STAFF AND FOR DEVELOPING AND IMPROVING CURRICULUM, SUCH TAXES TO CONSIST OF AN AD VALOREM MILL LEVY IMPOSED WITHOUT LIMITATION OF RATE AND IN AMOUNTS SUFFICIENT TO PRODUCE THE ANNUAL INCREASE SET FORTH ABOVE, OR SUCH LESSER AMOUNT AS IS AUTHORIZED UNDER THE ACT, AND SHALL THE REVENUES FROM SUCH TAXES, AND ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH REVENUES, CONSTITUTE VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGES TO BE COLLECTED AND SPENT BY THE DISTRICT IN ITS 2003-2004 FISCAL YEAR, AND IN EACH FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER, WITHOUT REGARD TO ANY SPENDING, REVENUE RAISING, OR OTHER LIMITATIONS CONTAINED WITHIN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20, OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION?

 

The estimated total District Fiscal Year Spending for the current fiscal year, the actual total for each of the past four fiscal years, and the overall percentage and dollar change for the period are as follows:

 

July 1, 2002-June 30,2003 (estimated)

(includes maximum dollar amount of this proposed tax increase)

$5,285,012

July 1, 2002-June 30,2003 (actual)

$4,566,972

July 1, 2001-June 30,2002 (actual)

$4,701,799

July 1, 2000-June 30,2001 (actual)

$4,638,943

July 1, 1999-June 30,2000 (actual)

$4,697,179

Overall Percentage Change from July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2004:

12.5%

Overall Dollar Change from July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2004:

$587,833

 

District Estimates of Maximum Dollar Amount of the Proposed Tax Increase and of District Fiscal Year Spending Without the Proposed Tax Increase for First Full Fiscal Year of the Tax Increase:

 

Estimated Maximum Dollar Amount of the Proposed Tax Increase for the 2003-2004 Fiscal Year: $225,000.00

 

Estimated 2003-2004 Fiscal Year Spending Without the Proposed Tax Increase: $5,060,012.00.

 

Summary of written comments FOR the proposal:

 

"The cost of providing a well rounded, quality education is rising. To support this measure is to support the development of our greatest resource: Our children. Please vote YES.'

 

"Additional funds are needed to provide children of all ages in our communities with the quality of education they need and deserve to be competitive in the 21st century work force. Student achievement can be increased by improving the curriculum offered in our schools and by recruiting, training and retaining the highest quality staff possible. These objectives have been identified by the Board of Education and staff members of the School District as top priorities. Being one of the best school districts in the state is within our grasp. The District has the leadership and the direction to do the job. Funds must follow.

 

$10.93 per $100,000 in actual value for the 2004 tax year for home owners of the District seems to me to be a very reasonable tax increase. I'm all for it!"

 

"This tax increase is needed for a couple of reasons. Park County School District Re-2 is no longer able to offer competitive salaries to our staff due to lacks of funds. A recent tax increase in Summit County has allowed for a 30% increase in salaries over the next two years for Summit County teachers. In a year the beginning salary in Summit County will be just over $30,000 per year for a starting teacher. A teacher here in Park County will have to work for more than 6 years for the District to approach that salary level. How can Park County School District attract a quality staff with such a disparity in salary? With the increased cost of housing here in Park County, teachers and staff cannot afford to live in our community. I feel it is of the utmost importance that the people who work for Park County School District Re-2 be able to live in the community.

 

"The Edith Teter Elementary School PTO had to raise the funds to improve the playgrounds at the school because the District could not afford to make the upgrades. The Spanish program at the Elementary School has been eliminated because of a need for an increase in staffing elsewhere within the District. Do we want to continue to cut valuable program offerings to avoid adding staff?

 

"A strong and healthy school system supports the community and helps to attract new residents, this in turn strengthens property values. Investing in our schools is an investment in our community and in our property values.

 

Summary of written comments AGAINST the proposal:

No comments were filed by the constitutional deadline.

 

Ballot Title and Text:


REFERENDUM 3C

 

SHALL PARK COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. RE-2 TAXES BE INCREASED BY A MAXIMUM OF $95,000 ANNUALLY, OR BY SUCH LESSER ANNUAL AMOUNT AS IS AUTHORIZED UNDER SECTION 22-40-102 (1.7), COLORADO REVISED STATUTES, AS AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME, TO BE USED TO PAY FOR THE LOCAL SHARE OF THE DISTRICT'S PUPIL TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES, SUCH TAXES TO CONSIST OF AN AD VALOREM MILL LEVY IMPOSED WITHOUT LIMITATION OF RATE AND IN AMOUNTS SUFFICIENT TO PRODUCE THE ANNUAL INCREASE SET FORTH ABOVE, OR SUCH LESSER AMOUNT AS IS AUTHORIZED SAID STATUTE, AND SHALL THE REVENUES FROM SUCH TAXES, AND ANY EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH REVENUES, CONSTITUTE VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGES TO BE COLLECTED AND SPENT BY THE DISTRICT IN ITS 2003-2004 FISCAL YEAR, AND IN EACH FISCAL YEAR THEREAFTER WITHOUT REGARD TO ANY SPENDING, REVENUE RAISING, OR OTHER LIMITATIONS CONTAINED WITHIN ARTICLE X, SECTION 20, OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION?

 

The estimated total District Fiscal Year Spending for the current fiscal year, the actual total for each of the past four fiscal years, and the overall percentage and dollar change for the period are as follows:


July 1, 2002-June 30,2003 (estimated)

(includes maximum dollar amount of this proposed tax increase)

$5,155,012

July 1, 2002-June 30,2003 (actual)

$4,566,972

July 1, 2001-June 30,2002 (actual)

$4,701,799

July 1, 2000-June 30,2001 (actual)

$4,638,943

July 1, 1999-June 30,2000 (actual)

$4,697,179

Overall Percentage Change from July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2004:

9.75%

Overall Dollar Change from July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2004:

$457,833


District Estimates of Maximum Dollar Amount of the Proposed Tax lncrease and of District Fiscal Year Spending Without the Proposed Tax Increase First Full Fiscal Year of the Tax Increase:

 

Estimated Maximum Dollar Amount of the Proposed Tax Increase for 2003-04 Fiscal Year: $95,000.00

 

Estimated 2003-2004 Fiscal Year Spending Without the Proposed Increase: $5,060,012.00

 

Summary of written comments FOR the proposal:

 

"Park County School District RE-2 wants to continue to provide safe, reliable transportation to its pupils and improve transportation routing. An increase in funding is needed for transportation.

 

"Approving the PUPIL TRANSPORTATION Question would cost a home owner in the District approximately $4.62 per $100,000 in actual value for the 2004 tax year. I think this is a reasonable increase.

 

"The cost of transportation for a rural school district has been rising. The S, provides the School District only partial reimbursement for transportation co The funding shortfall is taken from the District's General Fund Account wt drains money that could be used to improve the curriculum and enhance quality of staff.

 

Summary of written comments AGAINST the proposal:

No comments were filed by the constitutional deadline.

 


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