Pros and Cons

In compliance with the Fair Campaign Practices Act, the following statements in favor of and opposition to the ballot measures are included.

Those in favor of the ballot measures 4A, 4B, and 4C say:

  1. The mill levy overrides and bond measure addresses very pressing needs in the district’s schools including capacity for growth, which is putting tremendous pressures on our schools.
  2. The important educational investments address very real and urgent needs; they will ensure Steamboat students continue to receive a safe, innovative and quality education, which would otherwise be challenging, if not impossible, due to continually declining state funding.
  3. The district has been a good steward of taxpayer monies and has stretched its continually shrinking state funds as far as it can to continue providing a quality education to its students.

Those against the ballot measures 4A, 4B, and 4C say:

  1. With the passage of the mill levy overrides and bond measure, a taxpayer in the district could expect to pay less than $20 per month in property taxes for every $500,000 of residential value. For business owners, the tax burden will be higher.
  2. SSSD could deal with current capacity issues and handle future growth without an additional school, by installing additional exterior classroom trailers and reducing space for outdoor activities, learning, and athletics.
  3. Schools should be fully funded by the state, not by local property taxes.