Voters approved the majority of the dozen school district tax measures on the ballot in Colorado Tuesday night, including a major bond request to build schools north of Denver.
Nine out of 13 tax increase proposals across the state passed: including Aspen, Byers school district in the eastern plains, Manitou Springs and the tiny Dolores school district near Cortez in southern Colorado.
Three bond measures failed and three passed. Steamboat Springs voters said “no” to a measure to help alleviate overcrowding in elementary, middle and high schools.
And the district spanning Brighton, Thornton and Commerce City finally passed a bond after trying for nearly 10 years. District officials celebrated Tuesday after voters passed a $248 million dollar bond to build four new schools. Rapid population growth has led to severe overcrowding in classrooms in the district.