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Widefiled School District 3 - 3B

Summary: Approves a $49.5 million bond and tax increase to fund Widefield School District projects, including a new K-8th grade school, upgrading technology, adding surveilance cameras, and upgrading the bus fleet.BALLOT LANGUAGE: SHALL WIDEFIELD SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 3 DEBT BE INCREASED $49.5 MILLION, WITH A REPAYMENT COST OF UP TO $89 MILLION, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED BY UP TO $3.6 MILLION ANNUALLY FOR THE PURPOSE OF ACQUIRING, CONSTRUCTING, REFINANCING, REPAIRING AND IMPROVING DISTRICT CAPITAL ASSETS INCLUDING, AMONG OTHER THINGS:- MAKING DISTRICT-WIDE REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO SCHOOL BUILDINGS TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION COMMUNITY INPUT AT EACH SCHOOL,- BUILDING A NEW PRE-K THROUGH 8TH GRADE SCHOOL IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE DISTRICT,- UPGRADING COMPUTER AND INTERNET TECHNOLOGY AT ALL SCHOOLS,- ADDING SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS AND LIFE-SAFETY SYSTEMS TO ENHANCE STUDENT SECURITY,- REDUCING THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN TRAILER-LIKE PORTABLE CLASSROOMS,- RENOVATING AUDITORIUMS AT WIDEFIELD HIGH SCHOOL AND MESA RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL,- REPAIRING OR REPLACING OUTDATED ELECTRICAL COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS IN SCHOOLS,- UPGRADING THE DISTRICT’S AGING SCHOOL BUS FLEET, AND- REFINANCING EXISTING DISTRICT LEASE OBLIGATIONS,BY THE ISSUANCE AND PAYMENT OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS WHICH SHALL BEAR INTEREST,MATURE, BE SUBJECT TO REDEMPTION, WITH OR WITHOUT PREMIUM, AND BE ISSUED AT SUCH TIME,AT SUCH PRICE (AT, ABOVE OR BELOW PAR) AND IN SUCH MANNER AND CONTAINING SUCH TERMS,NOT INCONSISTENT WITH THIS BALLOT ISSUE, AS THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MAY DETERMINE; ANDSHALL AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES BE LEVIED WITHOUT LIMIT AS TO THE MILL RATE TO GENERATEAN AMOUNT SUFFICIENT IN EACH YEAR TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF, PREMIUM IF ANY, AND INTERESTON SUCH DEBT AND TO FUND ANY RESERVES FOR THE PAYMENT THEREOF?
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Widefield School District is authorized to incur bond debt and spend the funds. Taxes will be increased to repay the debt.
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