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Ballot Measure 4A:
Debt Free Schools Mill Levy


 

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This Denver Decides Ballot Issue Forum covers Ballot Measures 4A and 4B. Ballot Measure 4A asks voters: Shall Denver Public Schools taxes be increased by up to $32 million dollars in tax year 2021, and by the amounts in any year thereafter that are raised from a mill levy of 4 mills. Ballot Measure 4B reads: Without imposing any new tax shall Denver Public Schools debt be increased to $795 million with a maximum repayment cost of not more than $1,500 million. Rob Gould, the vice president of the Denver Classroom Teachers' Association. speaks in favor of Ballot Measures 4A and 4B. Arturo Jiménez, PhD., former DPS School Board Vice President will be speaking against Ballot Measures 4A and 4B.

Ballot Measure 4A

"SHALL DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS TAXES BE INCREASED UP TO $32 MILLION IN TAX COLLECTION YEAR 2021 AND BY THE AMOUNTS IN ANY YEAR THEREAFTER AS ARE RAISED FROM A MILL LEVY OF UP TO 4 MILLS PURSUANT TO AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 22-54-108.7, C.R.S., PROVIDED THAT THE MILL LEVY FOR THE FIRST YEAR SHALL NOT EXCEED 1.55 MILLS AND NO MILL LEVY INCREASE FROM YEAR TO YEAR SHALL EXCEED 1 MILL, WITH THE EFFECT THAT MORE GENERAL FUND REVENUES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURPOSES SUCH AS:

ADDING AND MAINTAINING MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND SCHOOL COUNSELORS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS;

ADDING AND MAINTAINING SCHOOL NURSES TO SUPPORT COVID-19 MONITORING AND PREVENTION AS WELL AS OTHER HEALTH EDUCATION;

INCREASING MINIMUM WAGES FOR SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFF; AND

ADDING COST OF LIVING FUNDS TO PAY EDUCATORS A LIVING WAGE; AND

SHALL SUCH ADDITIONAL REVENUES FROM THIS TAX INCREASE BE DEPOSITED INTO THE SUPPLEMENTAL CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION, TECHNOLOGY AND MAINTENANCE FUND AND USED FOR ONGOING CASH FUNDING FOR CAPITAL CONSTRUCTION, NEW INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY, EXISTING TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES, AND MAINTENANCE NEEDS OF THE DISTRICT; AND SHALL THE DISTRICT BE AUTHORIZED TO INCREASE SUCH MILL LEVY BEGINNING IN TAX COLLECTION YEAR 2022 AND ANNUALLY THEREAFTER TO OFFSET PROPERTY TAX REFUNDS OR ABATEMENTS OR REDUCTIONS IN THE PERCENTAGE OF ACTUAL VALUATION USED TO DETERMINE ASSESSED VALUATION; AND SHALL DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS PUBLISH AN ANNUAL REPORT ON THE EXPENDITURES OF THESE FREED UP GENERAL FUNDS?"

"¿SE DEBERÍAN AUMENTAR LOS IMPUESTOS DE LAS ESCUELAS PÚBLICAS DE DENVER EN HASTA $32 MILLONES EN LA RECAUDACIÓN DE IMPUESTOS DEL AÑO 2021 Y POR LAS CANTIDADES QUE EN CUALQUIER AÑO SUBSIGUIENTE SE AUMENTEN DE UN IMPUESTO SOBRE BIENES INMUEBLES DE HASTA 4 MILÉSIMAS DE CONFORMIDAD CON LA SECCIÓN 22-54-108.7, ESTATUTOS REVISADOS DE COLORADO (COLORADO REVISED STATUTES, CRS), CONSIDERANDO QUE EL IMPUESTO SOBRE BIENES INMUEBLES NO EXCEDERÁ LAS 1.55 MILÉSIMAS Y NINGÚN AUMENTO DEL IMPUESTO SOBRE BIENES INMUEBLES DE AÑO A AÑO EXCEDERÁ 1 MILÉSIMA, CON EL EFECTO DE QUE MÁS INGRESOS DEL FONDO GENERAL ESTARÁN DISPONIBLES PARA FINES COMO:

• AGREGAR Y MANTENER PROFESIONALES DE LA SALUD MENTAL Y CONSEJEROS ESCOLARES PARA APOYAR A LOS ESTUDIANTES;

• AGREGAR Y MANTENER ENFERMEROS ESCOLARES PARA APOYAR EL MONITOREO Y LA PREVENCIÓN DEL COVID-19 ASÍ COMO CUALQUIER OTRA EDUCACIÓN PARA LA SALUD;

• AUMENTAR LOS SALARIOS MÍNIMOS DEL PERSONAL DE APOYO ESCOLAR; E

• INCORPORAR LOS FONDOS DEL COSTO DE VIDA PARA PAGAR A LOS EDUCADORES UN SALARIO DIGNO; Y 

¿SE DEBERÍAN DEPOSITAR DICHOS INGRESOS ADICIONALES PROVENIENTES DEL AUMENTO DE ESTE IMPUESTOS EN EL FONDO COMPLEMENTARIO DE CONSTRUCCIÓN DE OBRAS DE INFRAESTRUCTURA, TECNOLOGÍA Y MANTENIMIENTO Y SER USADOS PARA FINANCIAMIENTO EN EFECTIVO CONTINUO PARA CONSTRUCCIÓN DE OBRAS DE INFRAESTRUCTURA, NUEVA TECNOLOGÍA EDUCATIVA, ACTUALIZACIONES DE TECNOLOGÍAS EXISTENTES Y NECESIDADES DE MANTENIMIENTO DEL DISTRITO; Y SE DEBERÍA AUTORIZAR AL DISTRITO A AUMENTAR DICHO IMPUESTO SOBRE BIENES INMUEBLES A PARTIR DEL EJERCICIO FISCAL DE 2022 Y DESPUÉS ANUALMENTE PARA COMPENSAR LOS REEMBOLSOS O LAS DISMINUCIONES O REDUCCIONES DE IMPUESTOS SOBRE LA PROPIEDAD EN EL PORCENTAJE DE LA VALUACIÓN ACTUAL UTILIZADA PARA DETERMINAR LA VALUACIÓN EXAMINADA; Y DEBERÍAN LAS ESCUELAS PÚBLICAS DE DENVER PUBLICAR UN INFORME ANUAL SOBRE LOS GASTOS DE ESTOS FONDOS GENERALES LIBERADOS?"

Note: The Ballot Title will not appear in the Denver Revised Municipal Code. The text of the measure that will appear in the Denver Revised Municipal Code is listed below under Full Text.

Ballot Details

  • By approving 4A, Denver voters will make public education a priority this year, ensure every student receives a high-quality education, increase graduation rates, reduce class sizes and help Denver’s kids get the education they deserve in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Denver’s schools have made a lot of progress, but we have seen that some of our students are being left behind, especially our most vulnerable, during COVID-19. A positive vote will ensure Denver invests in our students, teachers, and community by giving teachers a cost of living raise, investing in additional mental health supports so teachers can focus on teaching while students are getting the support they need, and adding nurses to help keep our students and teachers safe.

  • Every child in our city deserves an equal chance to succeed academically, and each teacher deserves the tools to make that happen. Support Denver’s teachers and students by voting Yes on 4A.

There is no organized opposition to this measure at this time.