27J board puts property tax vote on November ballot

Staff Report
Posted 9/7/22

Brighton-based School District 27J will ask voters to approve a mill levy override on November's ballot. Members of the district's Board of Education voted unanimously Sept. 6 to forward the funding …

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27J board puts property tax vote on November ballot

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Brighton-based School District 27J will ask voters to approve a mill levy override on November's ballot.

Members of the district's board of education voted unanimously Sept. 6 to forward the funding request to voters.

“We can't afford not to go out and ask our voters again,” board director Ashley Conn said. “Look at our finances; look at our needs. We're way behind and our community needs to understand those facts.”

A mill levy override is a request of voters to approve an increase in the rate of their property taxes. The increased revenue can be used for operational expenses, such as programs and people.

This will be the eighth time since 2000 that the board has asked for local support for schools at the ballot box. However, in those eight attempts, voters have yet to approve mill levy overrides for things like staffing, educational programs, teacher compensation, and instructional needs.

27J Schools is third from last in per-student funding statewide and it is the lowest funded district in the Denver metro area. 27J last passed a mill levy override in 2000 for $750,000 which today equates to $41 per student.

“Our community has asked us to be more aggressive in our communication, informing people of the facts about the district's finances,” Superintendent Chris Fiedler said. “They want to know how schools are funded, how community growth impacts their schools, and they want to clearly understand how any additional funds will be used.

“We're honoring their requests and are in the midst of an information project all about the district's finances and how funding affects things like school programs, staffing, and teacher compensation.”

27J covers portions of northwest Adams County, northeast Broomfield County and southwest Weld County. It is the second largest school district in Adams County with more than 20,000 students in the 2021-22 school year. The district includes 12 elementary schools, five middle schools, four high schools and six charter schools.

Voters will see the mill levy override request when ballots are sent out in October for the Nov. 8 election. A volunteer committee recommended waiting for a mill-levy override until the 2024 election cycle.

27J Schools, mill levy override, November ballot

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