Shall Lewis-Palmer Consolidated School District No. 38 taxes be increased $4.5 million in 2014, and annually thereafter by the imposition of an additional mill levy of not to exceed 10.5 mills; and shall the proceeds of such tax increase be used for educational purposes, including:
- Providing students with the instruction and skills necessary for success in college and the workplace in areas including science, technology, engineering, math and the arts;
- Providing for leading edge instruction and technology, enabling advanced learning opportunities for students;
- Restoring teachers and programs for students needing additional support;
- Providing funds for restoring the teaching positions required to provide optimal class sizes.
- Recruiting and retaining high quality teachers to maintain the highest level of educational excellence;
- Providing funds to enhance the safety and security environment for our students and staff;
Shall such tax increase be an additional property tax mill levy in excess of the levy authorized for the district’s general fund; 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 which would otherwise apply under Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution.
According to Lewis-Palmer District 38, the tax will be about $83 per $100,000 of assessed home value. On a $300,000 home would be $251 a year, or $21 a month. On a $350,000 home, that would be $253 a year, or about $24 a month; on a $400,000 home, it would be $334 a year, or about $28 a month.
The measure will provide:
- $1.3 million to restore 22 classroom teachers and instructional budgets.
- $1 million dollars will be used to ensure the district attracts and retains the best teachers.
- $.9 million will be used to restore counselors, teachers who support students struggling in math and reading, teachers for gifted and talented students, technology teachers and elementary summer school teachers.
- $720,000 will be directed toward students attending Monument Academy to provide equal funding for all students in the district.
- $450,000 will be used to restore technology support, infrastructure and computers in order to provide leading edge technology for D38 students.
- $130,000 will be used to provide funds to enhance the safety and security environment for students and staff