Voters Approve Ballot Measure 3C
On November 6, Aurora voters approved ballot measure 3C, a $15 million mill levy override that will recover a portion of the $70 million in state funding cuts that Aurora Public Schools has experienced over the past three years.
“On behalf of the APS Board of Education and Leadership Team, I would like to thank voters for supporting this important ballot measure,” said APS Superintendent John L. Barry. “Our success is due to the tremendous efforts of our campaign committee, Aurora Citizens for Excellent Schools, our staff, parents and the thousands of community members who supported this measure. Because of our strong community support, every student will benefit from mill levy funding.”
The mill levy will provide funding in three key areas:
- 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 election results are based on a review of unofficial county results. Official results will be available later this month.
Mill Levy Archives
APS Board of Education Authorizes 2012 Mill Levy Override Ballot Question
2010-11 Bond/Mill Levy Community Report Now Available
To learn more about the status of APS bond and mill levy projects, view the 2010-11 Bond/Mill Levy Community Report.
2008 Mill Levy Override
Thanks to APS voters who approved a mill levy override in November 2008, APS is able to fund several key educational programs that benefit students. The mill levy provides $14.7 million annually to support programs to accelerate student achievement.
Funds will benefit APS students and staff by providing:
- Full-day kindergarten at APS non-charter elementary, P-8 and K-8 schools
- Instructional technology that will help prepare students for 21st century learning
- Truancy intervention to ensure that every student is in class every day
- Fifth Block—an additional 23 days of instruction for 10 percent of APS students
- Pilot Schools start-up—innovative schools that offer unique learning opportunities
- Positive Behavior Support to reward students for productive actions
- International Baccalaureate programs that provide students a global education
- APS charter school technology funds that will help prepare students for 21st century learning
In addition, the mill levy provided a two percent salary increase for all APS staff members in January 2009, allowing APS to retain and attract highly-qualified staff.
The District Accountability Advisory Committee (DAAC) will review mill levy override spending annually at its public budget hearing held in May.
To view the mill levy budget allocation, visit: