by Clayton Moore
ECT contributors attended last Wednesday’s (18SEPT2013) public meeting held by EFEC at Homestake Peak School in Eagle Vail.
Leading the discussion at the meeting last Wednesday was Colorado State Senator – Mike Johnston (D) co-Author of the new Senate Bill 213 that has the 13 pages of ultra-complicated school funding formulas. (Click Here)
Eagle County Superintendent – Jason Glass (left)
Co-Founder of Great Education Colorado – Ms. Lisa Weil (center – a very nice lady)
Here is the ECT Report of what we learned listening at this meeting.
1 – Judging from the questions asked – it was immediately clear that the majority of the folks in attendance – had NOT yet read the specific Amendment 66 Ballot Language. Ditto for reading Senator Johnston’s 174 page long Senate Bill 213. ECT wondering how any reasonable person could (support/not support?) raising Taxes –if you haven’t read the Ballot language.
2 – Myth: New Taxes “are for Educating the kids”. This is not entirely true. Families of children who attend Private, Parochial, or are home schooled – their kids education dollars are NOT targeted for additional funding. Why are Colorado families that believe in “school choice” being targeted for additional Taxation…with zero benefit to them? Curious isn’t it – that children who don’t attend Public Schools are being (discriminated?) against with a permanent Tax increase for education that does not include them…even though their families will be required to pay additional Income Taxes if this Ballot issue passes. Of course if Colorado had a School Voucher program – like other States do – no children could be discriminated against, now could they?
3 – The Tax-paying formula. Ms. Lisa Weil admitted to one ECT contributor that Colorado Counties (that are perceived wealthier than others – Aspen/Pitken, Jefferson County, Eagle County et al) will likely see more Taxes leaving their County than later being returned to that County’s Public School Districts based on the complicated 13 pages of “redistribution formula” contained in Johnston’s Senate Bill 213.
4 – Eagle County’s (new) School District Superintendent – Jason Glass was congratulated by ECT folks on his return to Eagle County – and the FACT that our EC School District has a BUDGET SURPLUS for this year (Click Here). This School BUDGET FACT was not reported in the Daily Fishwrap. Why Not? Keep in mind that our School Budget Surplus – came at a time of (lower) Eagle County property tax valuations – which many at EFEC and the School District claim – is insufficient funding for today’s EC public schools…
The Denver Post had this to say last week, about the “pro-Amendment 66” group “Colorado Commits to Kids…(Click ON the graphic below to read the entire DP story)
Stay tuned – Eagle County Taxpayers – this discussion of new Taxes is only getting started!