Local school tax measures don’t fare well

Voter, Election 2013

But a review of elections in school districts that tried to raise local property taxes shows those weren’t popular either.

Eight of the 12 property tax measures on local ballots failed.

One is still pending. Lewis-Palmer school district north of Colorado Springs hoped that at least one of the measures Amendment 66 or a local tax proposal would pass.

After years of state cuts, its budget has shrunk $11 million, forcing 20 percent of teachers to lose their jobs and class sizes to rise.

Amendment 66 would have meant $1.5 million dollars. But that failed and so did a local property tax proposal to raise $4.5 million.

Other losers were Adams County School District 50 in Westminster. And flood-ravaged Estes Park voters rejected a $3 per household hike that would have restored some of the advanced courses kids need for college.