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2017 Steamboat Schools Bond and Mill Levy
The Steamboat Springs School District is asking voters to consider a 7-year, $12.9 million bond and $1 million ongoing mill levy for the district’s most critical capital renewal projects that align with four core values: safety, student success, transparency, and longevity.*

This investment will address necessary roof replacements in five facilities as well as the installation of a comprehensive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system
in Steamboat Springs Middle School. Investments will also be made to restore Gardner Field to a state-of-theart “classroom” as well as a central gathering point in our community. A permanent source of capital construction funding will allow the district to promptly address maintenance projects, particularly those that affect the health, safety, and equitable environments of students and staff.

If approved by voters this November, residential property owners will pay an estimated additional $3.25 per month/$39 per year for a $500,000 residential property; commercial property owners will pay an estimated additional $36 per month/$434 per year for a $500,000 commercial property.

This is Phase I: a practical approach to critical projects that just can’t wait. Over the next two years, we will continue the work around a long-term, comprehensive infrastructure plan (Phase II) tied to our strategic plan. Together with the community, we will examine the potential of our existing facilities and/or the need for renovated or additional facilities to enhance educational experiences and programming for students. More specifically, and aligned with our strategic plan, we will focus on bringing a future proposal to voters (Phase III) for infrastructure projects that allow us to individualize learning and create experiential and innovative programming for students that promotes local and global citizenship.

Voters will have the opportunity to consider Phase I funding on Election Day: Tuesday, November 7. To register to vote or update your voter registration go to www.co.routt.co.us


*The fixed mill will generate $1 million in year one; funding in future years will fluctuate based on assessed value.
A Message from Superintendent Brad Meeks
On July 18, the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education directed the school district administration to proceed with pursuing a 7-year $12.9 million bond to fund three critical infrastructure projects and an ongoing mill levy with a set mill levy amount that will generate $1 million in the first fiscal year. The ongoing mill levy will create a permanent source of funds for capital renewal needs of the district. Steamboat Springs School District voters will have a chance to consider these projects in November.

If funded, the bond will address necessary roof replacements in five facilities as well as the installation of a comprehensive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in Steamboat Springs Middle School. Investments will also be made to restore Gardner Field to a state-of-the-art “classroom” as well as a central gathering point in our community. The ongoing mill levy funding would allow us to promptly address maintenance projects, particularly those that affect health, safety, and equitable environments for students and staff.

For more than a year, the Community Committee for Education (CC4E) has brought the community together, raised awareness of the issues and challenges faced by the school district, and prompted meaningful discussion. While many thoughtful solutions have been raised, the decision to pursue these specific projects and ongoing funding was driven by four core values: safety, student success, transparency, and longevity.

If funded, these investments compared to last year’s school tax based on $500,000 of market value, will increase residential property owners taxes an estimated additional $3.25 a month / $39 a year per $500,000 market value of residential property; and for $500,000 of market value of a commercial property an estimated additional $36 a month / $434 a year.
November 7, 2017 Ballot Measures
At Monday night's school board meeting, the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education unanimously approved the ballot language regarding the $12.9 million bond projects and a mill levy that will generate $1 million in the first fiscal year dedicated to ongoing capital renewal needs of the district. Steamboat Springs School District voters will have a chance to consider these projects in November.

If funded, the bond will address necessary roof replacements in five facilities as well as the installation of a comprehensive heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in Steamboat Springs Middle School. Investments will also be made to restore Gardner Field for continued use as a classroom as well as a central gathering point in our community. The ongoing mill levy funding would allow the district to address maintenance projects.

If funded, these investments compared to last year’s school tax based on $500,000 of market value, will increase residential property owners taxes an estimated additional $3.25 a month/$39 a year per $500,000 market value of residential property; and for $500,000 of market value of a commercial property an estimated additional $36 a month/$434 a year.

These initial projects are considered Phase I. Later this fall, the district will begin to assemble various sub-committees to address future needs of the district. These sub-committees will address program improvements and enrollment growth under Phases II & III to develop longer term solutions for our facilities.

Since the board took action on the ballot language on August 28, 2017, the requirements of the Fair Campaign Practices Act (FCPA) are now in place.

Steamboat Springs School District 2017 Ballot Issues         3C & 3D Pros and Cons

10 months ago

ARGUMENTS FOR

  • A YES vote on 3C, an ongoing mill levy for the Steamboat Springs School District, in conjunction with the school bond measure on the ballot as 3D, address very pressing district facility needs and deferred maintenance issues in the near term and future.

  • The investments reflected in both 3C and 3D, align with four core values (safety, student success, transparency, and longevity) and would be challenging, if not impossible to fund without taxpayer support due to continually declining state funding.

  • The district has been a good steward of taxpayer monies and has stretched its continually shrinking state funds as far as it can to ensure all students are learning in a safe environment ready to succeed.  The Mills  applied to local taxpayers  for education are less than they were 11 years ago ( 25.554 Mills in 2006 and estimated to be 21.025 Mills with the two new measures)

ARGUMENTS AGAINST

  • With the passage of both 3C and 3D,  residential property owners will pay an estimated additional $3.25 per month/$39 per year for a $500,000 residential property; commercial property owners will pay an estimated additional $36 per month/$434 per year for a $500,000 commercial property.

  • Steamboat Springs School District should fund these projects by making cuts to its budget in other areas (e.g., cutting teaching and support positions, therefore increasing class size), reducing/freezing salary and benefits for educators and staff, reducing purchased instructional services, or reducing/eliminating programs.

  • Schools should be fully funded by the state, not by local property taxes.  The mills  applied to local taxpayers  for education is less than they were 11 years ago ( 25.554 Mills in 2006 & Estimated to be 21.025 with new measures)

Frequently Asked Questions

10 months ago

Steamboat Springs School District RE-2

November 7, 2017 Bond

Frequently Asked Questions as of 10-17-17