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Letter to the Editor: YES on 4A
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I want to encourage each of you to support the 4A ballot question, and I will try to provide some facts to support this position.

To repay the bonds, the District will structure the debt service payments so that an increase in the mill levy is not required. In other words, the tax rate will not increase.

Some will say that the District should pay for these facility needs out of their general fund, that they already get enough of our money. IF we want the District to continue providing the current level of service without devastating cuts from classroom instruction, we need to approve 4A. The State’s School Finance funding formula is not kind to District 70, as it funds our District at the bottom on a per-pupil basis. We need 4A to fund the facility needs.

Some will say that “all of the money goes to Pueblo West”. About 90% of District 70 students are outside of the Greenhorn Valley. The bond funds allocated to our local schools is appropriate. Without that other 90%, the cost of providing educational services here would be significantly higher, with fewer program offerings for our kids.

In the bond issue of 2012, my favorite project was the new Ag Shop and FFA program at Rye High School. That truly changed the school, bringing in a new program that has benefited hundreds of kids in our valley. This would not have been possible without the bond issue. If you have been involved with the schools, then you have seen the impact of prior bond issues. Roof projects and infrastructure projects are not exciting, but they are necessary. Letting these facilities deteriorate to the point of facing a school replacement would prove costly for the taxpayers in the long run, as a new school to replace Rye High School would cost about $ 30 million all by itself.

I am hopeful these facts will encourage you to commit to paying the same tax rate you pay today to support our local schools. Please vote Yes on 4A.


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