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).
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?
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…