District 51 override flier mailed to ‘likely’ voters

School District 51 made its first public step toward gathering input on a potential $14.5 million mill levy override to benefit local schools by delivering fliers.

The fliers, which detail District 51 budget cuts for 2011–12, include information about why the district is considering an override measure on this year’s ballot and how override dollars would be used. According to the flier, the money would help restore 80 lost teaching positions, reinstate some or all of the five school days cut since 2009–10, and address technology needs.

The flier was sent to all “likely” voters in the school district, meaning people likely to participate in this year’s election based on election history, and only one flier was sent per qualifying household, according to District 51 spokeswoman Christy McGee. McGee was not able to provide information Thursday about how many fliers were sent.

There are 61,066 active registered voters living within District 51 boundaries.

The flier encourages community members to send their opinions about the potential override to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). In a letter on the flier, Superintendent Steve Schultz informs recipients they will receive an override opinion survey by mail “in the coming weeks.”

If the override makes it onto the ballot and passes, homeowners within District 51 boundaries will pay an additional $5.39 a month for every $100,000 of their homes’ assessed value.


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