In the upcoming November election there will be a number of ballot issues affecting our school finances. Take the time to stay informed and keep others informed!
If these initiatives do not get voter approval, Jefferson County Schools will lose more than $40 million and more than 600 jobs (on top of cuts already in place from the last few years!). We already spend less than we did in 2007 on Jefferson County Schools.
Jeffco community members, parents and business leaders told members of the Board of Education that they support more funding for education. Led by a volunteer organization called Citizens for Jeffco Schools (www.supportjeffcoschools.com), the group urged the board to put a bond and mill question on the November ballot. At the May 3 meeting, Board members directed Superintendent Cindy Stevenson to write ballot language for a $39 million mill levy override and a $99 million bond initiative. That would mean a tax increase of about $1.23 per month, per $100,000 of a home value for the average Jeffco homeowner.
In the last three years, Jeffco’s cut more than $63 million from the general fund, 9 percent of the operating budget. Jeffco has used more than $73 million from the rainy day savings account to soften the cuts but using rainy day money is no longer an option. Jeffco faces almost $45 million in cuts for the 2013-2014 school year; the cuts include 600 jobs, 396 of those are teaching jobs.
Stevenson said asking the voters to approve a mill and bond, “Is a critical action that will help save jobs and keep devastating cuts away from our students. We need everyone’s help to be successful in the fall,” she said. “We will use the money from a mill levy increase to restore two days of school for our students, keep teachers and provide funds for our charter schools, technology and central support.”
To view a video about the budget: