Voters to decide on mill levy

Posted 6/11/10

Littleton Public Schools Board of Education members have agreed to ask voters for $12 million — nearly the maximum amount allowable — for the …

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Voters to decide on mill levy


Littleton Public Schools Board of Education members have agreed to ask voters for $12 million — nearly the maximum amount allowable — for the financially struggling district.

On June 10, the board voted 4-0 in favor of the mill levy override election. Board member Mary Nichols was absent.

“I do feel we have a responsibility… to provide the resources to continue to supply a quality education,” board member Lucie Stanish said. “I don’t think the kids in our seats can wait for the state to get it together. I feel like we have to do it.”

At last month’s meeting, District Chief Financial Officer Scott Myers presented the board with three different mill levy scenarios: $8 million, $10 million or $12 million. Some board members seemed at times to struggle with asking for the highest amount. But in the end, asking taxpayers for $12 million — 94 percent of the maximum available amount — was the consensus.

“I’m leaning toward 12,” said board member Sue Chandler. “I’m OK with 10 or 12, but eight is not enough.”

A $12 million mill levy override is projected to last the district six or more years, provided there are no more state funding cuts. It would cost a home owner $6.07 per month, or $72.81 per year for every $100,000 in home value.

All five school board members had unofficially agreed May 27 that the district must go forward with a mill levy override election this fall to make up for a state-funding shortfall.

In its proposed 2010-11 budget, the district plans to cut $7.5 million to make up for dwindling state finance act funds. The district opted not to renew 52 teachers’ contracts for next year and has implemented other cuts, resulting in larger class sizes and certain programs being eliminated. Two furlough days, where employees do not work and do not get paid, were added to the 2010-11 calendar.

The district has made other cuts that include eliminating the AVID program at secondary schools, eliminating the International Baccalaureate programs at Field Elementary and Newton Middle schools, cutting custodial support services staff, as well as central office staff.

Should the mill levy measure pass, board President Bob Colwell said the money will not be used to restore programs that have been cut. It will instead be used to stabilize the budget and maintain current programs and staff.

“This doesn’t help us restore,” Colwell said. “We need this just to keep the boat afloat.”

Now that the decision has been made to put the question to voters in November, the real work begins. Parent Carrie Warren-Gully will be leading the effort to drum up community support for the mill levy. Warren-Gully and others at previous meetings had encouraged the board to move forward with a mill levy override election.

She plans on sending mailings about the mill levy to district voters, as well as creating a website where people can find information about the issue.

“I’m most excited they decided to go for the $12 million,” Warren-Gully said. “When you think about the expense and the volunteer effort it takes to run an election, it’s difficult to think about having to do that again in two years.”

Warren-Gully, who is on the parent-teacher organizations for Arapahoe High School and Newton Middle School, said 50 to 75 people have signed up to help her get the word out.

“Right now the biggest thing is going to be to get out and reach communities who aren’t necessarily tied to the schools,” she said. “We will try to work with chambers, city councils, community groups and clubs and get information out through them as well.”


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