At its August 21 meeting, the Aurora Public Schools Board of Education authorized a Mill Levy Override question for the November 2012 ballot. The $15 million mill levy funds would be used to ease the burden of more than $70 million in state funding cuts that APS has experienced over the past three years.
If approved, the mill levy would provide $15 million annually to restore partial funding for achievement, instructional resources and to recruit and retain high quality staff, including:
- ACHIEVEMENT: Recovering a portion of reduced state funding for reading, writing, math, science, early childhood education and more public school choices
- INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES: Recovering a portion of reduced state funding for instructional classroom technology, equipment and curriculum materials which aid in preparing students for college and careers
- HIGH QUALITY STAFF: Recruiting and retaining high quality teachers and staff to provide for smaller class sizes, increases in graduation rates and lower dropout rates
The mill levy would cost APS homeowners an additional $5.71 per month for every $100,000 of actual home value. Due to a 15 percent decrease in Aurora property values, the mill levy could be funded with property taxes being about the same as they were three years ago.
District voters will decide on the mill levy measure on November 6. To participate in the election, citizens must register to vote by October 9. For voter registration and election information, Arapahoe County residents may visit arapahoevotes.com or call 303-795-4511, and Adams County residents may visit co-adamscounty.civicplus.com or call 720-523-6500.