Originally posted on EdNewsColorado, June 19, 2012. Copyright © EdNewsColorado.org
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Another large metro-area school district is weighing whether to ask voters for more money in November.Monday, members of a citizens group studying the need for additional dollars in Denver Public Schools urged board members to consider a $457 million bond issue to build schools and repair aging buildings plus a $49 million annual increase in operating dollars, partly to boost art and music in grades 6-12 and increase preschool seats.
DPS board members aren’t expected to vote on placing those tax increases on the ballot until later this summer. According to DPS calculations, approval of the recommended ballot initiatives would cost another $12 per month – or $143 a year – for the owner of a “typical” Denver home valued at $225,000.
School boards for Jefferson County Public Schools and the Cherry Creek School District already have approved ballot measures for their voters to consider this fall. Presidential-year elections tend to produce more crowded ballots since they typically produce higher numbers of voters willing to approve tax increases, according to past research by the Colorado Association of School Executives.
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