by the fans of Sgt. Joe Friday
Just the facts, Ma’am!
FACT: Our Eagle County School District has the Eagle County Property Taxpayer on the hook for $230 Million dollars in existing long term School Bond debt, after these three Bond issues were approved by County voters. ($68.7 Million 1999 – $33.8 Million 2005 – $128.3 Million 2007).
The Property Tax bill you paid over the last two billing cycles (Spring 2010 & Spring 2011) has NEVER been higher in Eagle County, Colorado. Isn’t it about time the Eagle County Taxpayers – deserve a break from more Debt and Taxation?
The EC School District sometimes floats a number of ~$8,802.73 as the annual taxpayer cost to educate one student. Rarely (if ever) will the School District publicly admit that the actual funding per Student is ~$11,325.07 per year when the debt service of our existing School Bond debt/obligation is added to their total cost per Student. (Click Here – Microsoft Excel file)
The current Eagle County Mill Levy that funds Education is 19.474 Mills. If your home is worth $500k you paid ($500k times 0.0019474 = $973.70 for Education in each of the last two years! When 3B is defeated by County Voters this November 1st – your existing Education Mill Levy remains - and (rest assured) you will continue to fund Education because of the existing Mill Levy. Don’t worry, your conscience will be clear, you and your family are still paying taxes to support Education every year. If your property (at some future date) is valued at more than $500k, your existing Mill Levy will Guarantee you’ll pay more for Education at that time.
If you’re a renter and you believe that the Permanent Property Tax increase mandated by Ballot question 3B won’t affect you – Sgt. Friday here suggests you go talk to your landlord – who will be paying that larger tax bill. Ask about your next years monthly rent.
Our TEACHERS; are Eagle County’s most important Educational Asset. Nothing, repeat NOTHING in the 2011 Ballot Language GUARANTEES that any of the proposed 3B revenue increase will go directly into paying our Teachers any more money! Proof? (Click Here) to read the EC School Districts 2011 Ballot Language.
The EagleCountyTimes.com has exposed (and will continue to expose – Click Here) the profligate spending by the Eagle County School District – for items that do not involve “in-classroom” expenses. Why does the District need more of your money spent on items – not directly related to your Child’s “in-classroom” education?
FACT: There is nothing to legally stop the School Board from asking Voters for another Bond issue or another Property Tax increase – at any time in the future! How do you think we got so much bond debt debt in the first place?
It’s time to hold to account our School District Board and Elected School Board to account for our Children’s Education? Constantly throwing our Taxpayer money at this issue is not the answer – our elected representatives in Congress have already proven that, now haven’t they?