Voter Guide: Referendum 3A

People in Teller County are voting on a referendum that would effect the Woodland Park School District.

Referendum 3A asks to raise property taxes. If passed, starting in 2003, the measure would raise property taxes $84 a year for every $100,000 in value on a home.

It would exempt the new revenue from constitutional revenue caps. The increase would pay for new teachers, increased salaries, another day to the school calendar, maintenance for classrooms, and school expansion.

Supporters say Woodland Park has the lowest pay for teachers and support staff of any district in the Pikes Peak Region.

They say that leads to loss of quality teachers to better paying jobs in other districts. Supporters also say voting yes would lower class sizes.

Those against 3A say, 72 percent of property taxes in Teller County goes to the RE2 School District.

The budget is four times larger than any other government budget in the county.

The measure says the mill levy will be increased without limitation of rate, which means if real estate values fall, your tax rate still will increase

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