City of Colorado Springs School District 11 TABOR Revenue Retention Ballot Issue 4A
WITHOUT INCREASING EXISTING TAX RATES, SHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT 11 BE AUTHORIZED TO COLLECT, RETAIN, AND SPEND THE FULL REVENUES THAT MAY LAWFULLY BE RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT FROM ANY SOURCE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ALL GRANT MONEYS, AND ALL OTHER MONEYS LAWFULLY RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT FROM THE STATE OF COLORADO OR ANY OTHER SOURCE, BEGINNING WITH FISCAL YEAR 2019-20 AND CONTINUING THEREAFTER, WITH SUCH REVENUES TO BE COLLECTED, RETAINED OR SPENT AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO THE LIMITS WHICH WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER SECTION 20 OF ARTICLE X OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION OR ANY OTHER LAW?
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Yes - For the Measure
No - Against the Measure
Voting YES on 4A is a vote to level the playing field for our kids and schools without raising our taxes. Colorado is home to 178 school districts. 174 of them, including our neighbors D20, D49, D38, and D12, have already de-Bruced. Not being among the 98% of districts in Colorado to de-bruce means our schools are at a disadvantage when it comes to funding programs such as careers and trades, mental health services, and early childhood literacy. These programs are largely funded through grants, which is a source of revenue that supplements our tax dollars, but are also subject to the revenue restrictions of TABOR. Without our YES vote, these grants will be lost and our schools will see reductions to some of its most important programs and services.
More critical to this current moment is the impact COVID has had on our schools. Voting YES will ensure that when times are back to normal that our kids aren’t feeling the impact through under resourced classrooms and schools. We’ve all felt the pinch of these difficult times, that pain extends to our schools and classrooms. We need to make sure these tough times don’t further set our kids and future generations back. Voting YES will not raise our taxes, but will protect vital revenue streams to ensure our schools remain strong and the programs vital to producing our future workforce and leaders. Voting YES will not impact our pocket book, but will have a huge impact on our kids and District 11 schools.
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