MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- With ballots arriving in the mail, we look at two of the biggest questions on the ballot, that will help fund District 51 schools.
The last time a bond measure and mill levy was approved in Mesa County was in 2004. But with the District sitting in the bottom 20 among Colorado districts when it comes to funding, in spite of being the 12th biggest district in the state, supporters say it's long overdue.
Measure 3A would raise the property tax mill levy to fund five more days of school, more curriculum materials, IT support staff and repairs.
Measure 3B would allow the district to issue $118.5 million in bonds that would be paid off through property taxes, to fund major projects like a new Orchard Mesa Middle School. It will also allow the district to spend money on high priority repairs, more technology for classrooms and add more security.
The district estimates that both measures would cost taxpayers about $10 per month if their home is valued at $200,000.
Those against it worry the money will be wasted, and they'd rather see more investments in school choice initiatives.