Thompson School Board Approves Ballot Language
The Thompson School Board approved ballot language for a $13.8 million mill levy override and a $149 million bond for the November election. The bond will pay for upgrading school building safety, security and fire alarm systems, tackling backlogged maintenance, building a new kindergarten through eighth-grade school east of Interstate 25 and adding classrooms to Ivy Stockwell and Berthoud Elementary Schools.
The mill levy will generate an extra $13.8 million in property taxes for the school district, to pay for maintaining current class sizes, increasing salaries, updating textbooks, curriculum, technology and instructional programs and upgrading student security. The ballot question specifically states that some of the money will be spent expanding the school resource officer program.
The language also specifies that a citizen’s oversight committee will monitor the spending of the mill levy override. A similar committee also will oversee the bond spending. If voters approve the ballot questions, the owner of a home valued at $350,000 would pay a total of $295.22 more in property taxes each year: $191.52 more for the mill levy override and $103.70 for the bond.