It is likely that voters in the Thompson School District will consider one or more ballot measures this fall, according to Superintendent Stan Scheer. The District’s Master Plan Committee has proposed a list of projects known collectively as Thompson Reinvented.
The District’s population is growing and new schools will be needed to keep up with demand. Scheer blamed the previous Board for refusing to consider anything that would increase taxes. He argues something must be done now to keep students from leaving the District, some of whom go to other school districts with better facilities and programs.
The bond to finance the new construction would cost about $7 per $100,000 of home value. The District also has a variety of facility maintenance issues and a potential mill levy override would cost property owners $3 per month per $100,000 of home value. Scheer says the bond measure would pump about $300 million into the local economy but didn’t have any specific data to support this claim. The District’s Board of Directors hasn’t decided if it will put one or more measures on the November ballot but it had better decide soon so an election committee can make its case to District voters, who are traditionally frugal. Read more here:
Note: It is likely other school districts in Northern Colorado will put funding measures on the November ballot, including Greeley School District 6 and the St. Vrain Valley School District. Districts say the decline in State funding, in spite of Amendment 23, means they have no choice but ask local property owners for more money.