Colorado Springs School - District 11
- What seeking: A $32.6 million mill levy override and a $235 million bond issue. The override would be phased in and generate $15 million in 2017 and increase annually to $32.6 million in 2024. The bond issue would not increase property taxes.
- Students served: About 28,000
- 2016-2017 budget: $249.3 million
- Active registered voters: 131,988
- Reason: Statewide funding cuts to education mean D-11 receives less state money than it did during the recession in 2009, down $1,000 per student, or $27 million less per year. As a result, maintenance has been deferred, salary increases have been stagnant and technology needs are pressing. D-11 launched a "Vision 2030" campaign two years ago to determine what it's going to take to prepare the district for the graduating class of 2030. An oversight committee created a list of needs.
- Money will be spent on: Adding school resource officers, security officers, nurses, social workers and other positions; reducing class sizes; increasing teacher and educational support pay; improving school technology; repairing buildings; and increasing charter school funding by $1,000 per student.The bond would fund mechanical system upgrades, improve information technology systems, build a centralized kitchen for nutrition services, remodel outdated schools, build school additions to address crowding, make exterior improvements to school buildings, install all-weather tracks at schools and assist charter schools with building needs.
- Cost to taxpayers: About $10 per month for every $200,000 of home value, the average in the district.
- Last time voters approved a school financing measure: 11 years; both a mill levy override and bond issue were approved in 2005.
Academy School - District 20
- What seeking: A $230 million bond issue
- Students served: About 25,600
- 2016-2017 budget: $210 million
- Active registered voters: 64,915
- Reason: By 2022, 6,200 new houses are expected to be built in D-20 boundaries, yielding some 3,800 new students. A growth and capital-needs committee formed in 2015 and identified needs for new schools, improvements to existing schools and technology upgrades.
- Money will be spent on: Building two new elementary schools, a middle school and an innovation learning center; expanding some schools to replace modular buildings; replacing outdated heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical systems, roofing and plumbing; providing funding for improvements at each school, including The Classical Academy charter school; and improving internet connectivity and data bandwidth for students.
- Cost to taxpayers: Bond issues keep the same tax level for property owners but extend the district's period of time for repayment. The levy is capped at 60.216 mills. If the measure does not pass, the levy would decrease by 3.088 mills.
- Last time voters approved a school finance measure: A $163 million bond issue passed in 2001. Voters also approved mill levy overrides of $12.75 million in 1999 and $14 million in 2008.
El Paso County Ballot Drop-off Locations
24-hour ballot drop-off locations:
Other ballot drop-off locations:
- *East Library, 5550 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, 80918
- *Falcon Fire Department Station 3, 7030 Old Meridian Rd., Falcon, 80831
- *Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, 80920
- *Ellicott School District Administration Building, 322 S. Ellicott Highway, Calhan, 80808
- *Black Forest Park-n-Ride, 7503 Black Forest Rd., Colorado Springs, 80908
- Town of Monument Administration Building, 645 Beacon Lite Rd., Monument, 80132
- Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 80829
- El Paso County Public Services Department, 1010 Golden St., Calhan, 80808
- Charles C. “Chuck” Brown Transportation & Environmental Complex, 3275 Akers Drive, Colorado Springs, 80922
- City of Colorado Springs Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave, Suite 101, Colorado Springs, 80903
- Indicates locations with drive-up ballot drop-off boxes
Other ballot drop-off locations:
- El Paso County Clerk’s Office main office, 1675 Garden of the Gods Rd., Colorado Springs, 80907 (from 8 AM-5 PM,Monday through Friday from June 6-24 and June 27, 8 AM-1 PM, June 25 and 7 AM-7 PM, June 28).
- El Paso County Clerk’s Office north branch, 8830 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, 80920 (from 8 AM-5 PM, June 24 and June 27, 8 AM-1 PM, June 25 and 7 AM-7 PM, June 28).
- El Paso County Clerk’s Office downtown branch, 200 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, 80903 (from 8 AM-5 PM Jun,e 24 and June 27, 8 AM-1 PM, June 25 and 7 AM-7 PM, June 28).
- El Paso County Clerk’s Office southeast branch, 5650 Industrial Place, Colorado Springs, 80916 (from 8 AM-5 PM, June 24 and June 27, 8 AM-1 PM, June 25 and 7 AM-7 PM, June 28).
- Fountain Police Department Community Room, 222 N. Santa Fe Ave., Fountain, 80817 El Paso County Clerk’s Office north branch, 8830 N. Union Blvd., Colorado Springs, 80920 (from 8 AM-5 PM, June 27 and 7 AM-7 PM, June 28).