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Ballot Measure 4B:
Debt-Free School Bond


 

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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 4B

"WITHOUT IMPOSING ANY NEW TAX, SHALL DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS DEBT BE INCREASED $795 MILLION, WITH A MAXIMUM REPAYMENT COST OF NOT MORE THAN $1,500 MILLION FOR THE PURPOSES OF:

MAINTAINING AND RENOVATING EXISTING SCHOOL BUILDINGS BY REPLACING LEAKING ROOFS, MAKING CRITICAL REPAIRS AND ADDRESSING STRUCTURAL PROBLEMS;

PROVIDING COOLING SYSTEMS FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE CLASSROOMS AND SCHOOLS THAT LACK AIR CONDITIONING;

ADDING NEW SCHOOLS AND ADDITIONAL CLASSROOMS AND MAKING IMPROVEMENTS TO EXISTING SCHOOLS TO ADDRESS OVERCROWDING AND REDUCE CLASS SIZES;

PURCHASING ADDITIONAL COMPUTERS SO THAT STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY THEY NEED DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THEREAFTER;

IMPROVING LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN OLDER SCHOOL BUILDINGS BY UPGRADING SCIENCE AND COMPUTER LABS AND MODERNIZING CLASSROOM INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY;

IMPROVING STUDENT SAFETY IN SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND IMPROVING SECURITY AT SCHOOL ENTRYWAYS;

IMPROVING AND EXPANDING EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS;

AND OTHER CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS; AND SHALL THE TAXES AUTHORIZED AT THE DISTRICT’S BOND ELECTIONS IN 1998, 2003, 2008, 2012, AND 2016 BE EXTENDED AND AUTHORIZED TO BE USED TO PAY THE DEBT AUTHORIZED AT THIS ELECTION IN ADDITION TO THE DEBT AUTHORIZED AT SUCH PRIOR ELECTIONS; SHALL THE MILL LEVY BE INCREASED IN ANY YEAR, WITHOUT LIMITATION OF RATE BUT ONLY IN AN AMOUNT SUFFICIENT TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM, IF ANY, AND INTEREST ON SUCH DEBT OR ANY REFUNDING DEBT (OR TO CREATE A RESERVE FOR SUCH PAYMENT); AND MAY SUCH DEBT BE EVIDENCED BY THE ISSUANCE OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OR OTHER MULTIPLE FISCAL YEAR OBLIGATIONS THAT BE SOLD IN ONE SERIES OR MORE, FOR A PRICE ABOVE OR BELOW THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT THEREOF, ON TERMS AND CONDITIONS, AND WITH SUCH MATURITIES AS PERMITTED BY LAW AND AS THE DISTRICT MAY DETERMINE?"

"SIN GRAVAR NINGÚN NUEVO IMPUESTO, ¿SE DEBERÍA AUMENTAR LA DEUDA DE LAS ESCUELAS PÚBLICAS DE DENVER EN $795 MILLONES, CON UN COSTO MÁXIMO DE REEMBOLSO DE NO MÁS DE $1,500 MILLONES CON EL PROPÓSITO DE: 

MANTENER Y RENOVAR LOS EDIFICIOS ESCOLARES EXISTENTES REEMPLAZANDO LOS TECHOS CON GOTERAS, HACIENDO REPARACIONES URGENTES Y ABORDANDO PROBLEMAS ESTRUCTURALES; 

PROPORCIONAR SISTEMAS DE REFRIGERACIÓN PARA AULAS DE ALTA TEMPERATURA Y ESCUELAS SIN AIRE ACONDICIONADO; 

AÑADIR ESCUELAS NUEVAS Y AULAS ADICIONALES Y HACER MEJORAS EN LAS ESCUELAS EXISTENTES PARA COMBATIR EL HACINAMIENTO Y REDUCIR EL TAMAÑO DE LAS CLASES; 

COMPRAR COMPUTADORAS ADICIONALES PARA QUE LOS ESTUDIANTES TENGAN ACCESO A LA TECNOLOGÍA QUE NECESITAN DURANTE LA PANDEMIA DEL COVID-19 Y PARA EL FUTURO;

MEJORAR LOS ENTORNOS DE APRENDIZAJE EN EDIFICIOS ESCOLARES ANTIGUOS MEJORANDO LOS LABORATORIOS DE CIENCIAS Y COMPUTACIÓN Y MODERNIZANDO LA TECNOLOGÍA EDUCATIVA EN EL AULA; 

MEJORAR LA SEGURIDAD DE LOS ESTUDIANTES EN LOS EDIFICIOS ESCOLARES Y MEJORAR LA SEGURIDAD EN LAS ENTRADAS DE LAS ESCUELAS; 

MEJORAR Y AMPLIAR LOS AMBIENTES DE APRENDIZAJE EN LA PRIMERA INFANCIA;  

Y OTRAS MEJORAS MATERIALES; ¿Y SE DEBERÍAN EXTENDER LOS IMPUESTOS AUTORIZADOS EN LAS ELECCIONES DE BONOS DEL DISTRITO EN 1998, 2003, 2008, 2012 y 2016 Y SER USADOS PARA PAGAR LA DEUDA AUTORIZADA EN ESTA ELECCIÓN, ADEMÁS DE LA DEUDA AUTORIZADA EN LAS ELECCIONES PREVIAS?; ¿SE DEBERÍA AUMENTAR EL IMPUESTO SOBRE BIENES INMUEBLES EN CUALQUIER AÑO, SIN LIMITACIÓN DE LA TASA, PERO SOLO EN UNA CANTIDAD SUFICIENTE PARA PAGAR EL CAPITAL DE LA PRIMA, DE HABERLA, Y EL INTERÉS SOBRE DICHA DEUDA O CUALQUIER DEUDA DE REEMBOLSO (O PARA CREAR UNA RESERVA PARA DICHO PAGO); Y SE PODRÁ ACREDITAR DICHA DEUDA POR MEDIO DE LA EMISIÓN DE BONOS DE OBLIGACIÓN GENERAL U OTRAS OBLIGACIONES MÚLTIPLES DE EJERCICIO FISCAL QUE SE VENDAN EN UNA SERIE O MÁS, POR UN PRECIO SUPERIOR O INFERIOR AL IMPORTE DEL CAPITAL DE LOS MISMOS, EN LOS TÉRMINOS Y CONDICIONES Y CON LOS VENCIMIENTOS QUE LA LEY PERMITA Y EN LA FORMA QUE DETERMINE EL DISTRITO?"

Ballot Details

  • Over the past decade, Denver’s population has grown by more than 20 percent. Denver Public Schools has seen an increase in over 15,000 students in that time. With this unprecedented growth comes additional needs, and our schools have taken another major hit during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Bond will allow DPS to ensure that schools are fit for 21st century learning by investing in updated technology and renovating outdated infrastructure, mitigate dangerous heat levels that are not conducive to a learning or work environment, make sure each student has access to the technology they need during the COVID-19 pandemic, and add additional classrooms to keep class sizes down while keeping up with population growth.

  • Help set up Denver Public Schools’ teachers and students for success, and strengthen our Denver community, all without raising taxes, by voting yes on measure 4B.

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