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Weld County School District 6 Ballot Issue 3A

SHALL WELD COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT 6 TAXES BE INCREASED BY 14 MILLION DOLLARS IN 2017 (FOR COLLECTION IN 2018) AND BY SUCH AMOUNTS GENERATED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER THROUGH 2023 (FOR COLLECTION IN 2024) WHEN THE TAX WILL SUNSET, BY A MILL LEVY OF UP TO 10 MILLS, TO BE EXPENDED FOR EDUCATION PURPOSES AS APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MONITORED BY THE CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, WHICH INCLUDE:- IMPROVING SAFETY, SECURITY, AND TRANSPORTATION;-SUPPORTING ACADEMIC AND VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS TO GRADUATE CAREER-READY STUDENTS;-PROVIDING UP-TO-DATE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT EVERY LERNER;-ATTRACTING AND MAINTAINING A COMPETITIVE WORKFORCE;-ALLOCATING MILL LEVY OVERRIDE REVENUES BASED ON STUDENT COUNT TO DISTRICT CHARTER SCHOOLS AUTHORIZED AS OF JULY 1ST, 2017;AND SHALL SUCH INCREASE BE AN ADDITIONAL PROPERTY TAX MILL LEVY IN EXCESS OF THE LEVIES THE DISTRICT IS OTHERWISE AUTHORIZED BY LAW TO IMPOSE; AND SHALL THE DISTRICT BE AUTHORIZED TO COLLECT, RETAIN, AND SPEND ALL REVENUES FROM SUCH TAXES AND THE EARNINGS FROM THE INVESTMENT OF SUCH REVENUES AS A VOTER APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION?
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Arguments For: The money from this ballot measure will ensure there are enough quality teachers instructing our students every day. It will also ensure a strong support staff and resources for our children, and will help manage growth in class sizes. If we want a strong community, we need to invest in our local schools, including charter schools. This proposal will give money directly to students in the classroom, no bureaucracy.

It is the responsibility of District 6 and the community to do everything possible to ensure students and staff are safe. This measure. This measure would pay for additional security measures, such as security cameras at high schools, an updated badging system for employees, critical building repairs and replacing old school buses.

Greeley and Evans have been experiencing rapid growth since 2013. The student growth rate in District 6 has more than doubled.

A Citizen's Oversight Committee will be appointed to ensure that District 6 used the money from the MLO to fund programs and learing opportunities as promised.
Arguments Against:

This measure would increase property taxes. Due to the Gallagher amendment, this puts a larger burden on business owners in the communities of Greeley and Evans.

District 6 doesn't need additional revenue. It should make cuts to fund growth and other needs.

Some may not agree with how District 6 has spent its money to this point, and believe there is room for better financial management.

District 6 should find money from other sources, such as charitable organizations and grants. Tax revenue should not be used to increase District 6 revenues.

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