Eagle County School District – Exposed

by Eagle County’s overburdened Property Taxpayers

What you’ve been told – the Eagle County School District is considering a November Ballot question to raise your Property Tax Mill Levy (read: increase your taxes).

Here are a few facts that the ECSD Board – would no doubt – prefer that you not consider.

1 – Public School Student enrollment is down.  Last year and no doubt this coming fall fewer Students enrolled because some Eagle County families are moving away because their family can’t find work in Eagle County.  The Vail Mountaineer newspaper just closed and took more local jobs when they did – adding more pressure on the County’s already too high home foreclosure rate.

2 – Consider what you the taxpayer are already ON THE HOOK FOR!  Existing Eagle County, Colorado School District BONDS we are all paying for today.

$68.7 Million – (1999) with annual payments of $313,465 to $6,565,000 through December 1, 2018

$33.8 Million – (2005) with annual payments of $828,173 to $4,606,875 through December 1, 2018

$128.3 Million – (2007) with annual payments of $2,475,000 to $14,330,000 through December 1, 2027

Is there any question why our School District is considering a Property Tax Mill Levy increase (as opposed to another voter approved Bond issue) – when we’re all on the hook for a total of $230.8 Million?

What does the ECSD need the extra money for – if they’re projected to be educating less Students next year?

The ECSD sometimes publically floats a number of about $8,802.73 as the annual taxpayer cost to educate one student.  Rarely (if ever) will the School District publically admit that the actual costs per Student are $11,325.07 per year when the debt service of their existing Bonds is added to their total cost per Student.  (Click Here – Microsoft Excel)

WHAT CAN A REASONABLE TAXPAYER DO ABOUT THIS?

You can leave some feedback for the School District that is considering this Tax Increase – by (Clicking Here)  The ECSD online form allows for anonymous (or not anonymous) taxpayer feedback.

Isn’t it about time to get involved?

FINAL NOTE:  Is your School District really interested in your feedback?  This may surprise you.  Just click on the “In the Spotlight” picture from the ECSD home web page.  Fact is – there was no reasonable way for a taxpayer to provide feedback until the ECT got involved with this.  Thanks to elected School Board member Brian Nolan – a quick feedback fix came into play…

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9 responses

  1. If the Mill Levy doesn’t pass the district is taking the money out of teacher paychecks through furlough days. They are going to get their money one way or another!

  2. Then maybe the teachers should go to the school board and demand more administrative nonsense be cut. Good teachers will improve education, not good administrtors.

  3. The business where I work in Eagle County had 13 employees until December 2010. Now we are down to four (70% layoff). Those of us that remain took a 10% pay cut (after no pay raises for the past three years). Not sure the business will survive this next year.

    Government employees (and decision-makers) need to be aware that they have to share in the pain of this recession. Can’t keep staffing levels at schools the same when enrollment is dropping. Can’t keep other government services at the same level when there is less money from property taxes and income taxes to pay for it all. It’s not pleasant, but it’s the new reality.

    Sorry about the bad decisions in the past which led your administrators to put the District in debt by $230 million. But that’s not an excuse for more bad decisions. Put the pressure on your administrators for more funding of academic needs and less funding of extraneous sports “needs”. Reduce the non-productive administrative staffing at the District Office and in the schools. Get a new superintendent who won’t insist on her own pay increase while freezing salaries and taking away money (furlough) from the teachers who actually do the teaching. Make them fix the money drains that exist in the current school system . . . like spending unspent budgets on unnecessary things at the end of the fiscal year just to ensure you get the same amount or more next year. If you work in education, you know where the ‘drains’ are. And if you don’t get a raise, if you get your pay cut, or if you lose your job . . . you are just joining the reality your private sector neighbors have been facing for years.

    Sucking more taxes out of the private sector to keep public sector operating at it’s pre-recession levels will only extend and worsen the problem. Sorry, but it’s time for a reality check.

  4. Remember the Global Warming “education” of our students in Minturn? Their Letters to the Vail daily on Global warming?

    Well warm your little hearts on this–these scientists, (who know more than Al Gore?) totally disproved every single thing that teacher ‘educated’ her students with–and ECS wants more money?! For what? Pablum fed Sheeple?

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    CFACT at UN conference: CO2 not the culprit –
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    CFACT press briefing at UN conference in Bonn

    CFACT has become the preeminent organization at UN climate change conferences presenting alternatives to prevailing climate policy. The UNFCCC is meeting this week in Bonn, Germany in a desperate attempt to put negotiations back on a track towards a binding climate treaty at COP17, this year’s major climate conference being held in Durban, South Africa this December. CFACT readers know just how damaging such a treaty would be to our economy, freedoms and the the blow it would be to the developing world.

    A delegation from CFACT Europe in partnership with EIKE (the European Institute for Climate and Energy) joined the Bonn negotiations on Monday, and today presented a scientific briefing. The briefing was organized by Dr. Holger Thuss of CFACT Europe and introduced by Wolfgang Müller of EIKE and Berlin’s Manhattan Institut and featured Professor Emeritus Friedrich Karl Ewert a geologist from Paderborn University and Dr. Horst Borchert of the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität in Mainz. The presentations build upon the analysis of Professor S. Fred Singer and provide information on the geological record, solar activity and the big question — is our climate governed by man or nature?

    CO2 not the culprit

    Dr. Ewert informed the press that his “evaluation of long-term temperature readings . . . disprove that we have man-made global warming.” He presented the results of his analysis of over 1,100 temperature curves from around the world, concluding, “the final result is that in 74% of all stations of the world we had no warming.”

    While the UN has often been told there will be terrible consequences if the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere remains at or increases from the current 390 parts per million (ppm), Dr. Ewert pointed out that “in the geological past, we had the greatest glaciation of the earth (the glacier went down to 35 degrees north) when we have carbon dioxide content of the atmosphere of 1400 [ppm]. That means it was several times higher than today.” In other words, the historical evidence proves CO2 does not control earth’s climate.

    Dr. Ewert summed up his presentation nicely when he declared, “It is necessary to conclude that the particular effect of manmade carbon dioxide production is not recognizable, in other words, does not exist.”

    With the Kyoto protocol about to expire the global warming folks are desperate to obtain a new climate treaty in Durban. The expiration of Kyoto places the hopes and dreams of carbon profiteers in peril as their carbon trading markets are set to expire along with the protocol.

    The expiration of Kyoto also places the fortunes of those seeking to cash in on offset, subsidy and other raids upon the treasuries of developed nations in jeopardy. The UNFCCC is using all its power to get new agreements before it is too late. We cannot let down our guard. CFACT will continue to inject cold hard facts into this weeks negotiations and at COP17 in South Africa.

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  5. Like that email I forwarded eh ECT?!!!! lol!

    Appears a couple of folks liked it—

    I found it very interesting – and it matches what i have researched in the past as well…

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