Kim Orth, executive director of the William Stretesky Foundation, in Julesburg on Monday July 30, 2018. The foundation supports economic development in the arera. Like other residents, she talked about the importance of passing a new farm bill, so that farmers and ranchers and all the businesses and services related to agriculture have a more certain future on which to try and plan, economically.
“There are some issues coming up in the election that's going to affect our education system too,” she said, referring in part to a statewide ballot initiative, Amendment 73. Amendment 73—a constitutional amendment—would give each school district millions of more dollars by raising income taxes among Coloradans making more than $150,000 a year and increasing the corporate tax. Ninety-two percent of filers would see no change in their taxes.
Residents are hoping hoping “that those those issues pass so that funding can be released back to the education system that's been put in other places for for quite a while.” Right now, Colorado spends about $2,800 less per student than the national average. And public schools here are down $7.4 billion in state funding since the recession. That’s because of a mechanism lawmakers created that allowed cutting school funding each year in order to prop up the rest of the state budget.