District may test waters for tax hike for schools

School District 51 officials are considering asking voters whether to approve a mill levy override that would increase taxes by $5.39 per month for every $100,000 of a home’s worth.

That would equal an extra $64.68 of property tax a year on a home valued at $100,000 and $129.36 extra per year in taxes on a home valued at $200,000.

A story on Page 1 Friday about the possible November ballot question did not specify that the $5.39 tax would be a monthly increase.

“I think that needs to be clear for folks,” District 51 spokesman Jeff Kirtland said Friday.

District 51 officials plan this summer to gauge voter support for a mill levy increase that would amount to $14.5 million per year — the amount is subject to change — then decide whether to pursue a ballot question.

In 2010, the average price of a Mesa County home was $225,000, and the median price of a home was $191,000, according to the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association.

School officials said if such a question is posed to the voters and passes, the extra taxes could be used to reinstate 80 teaching positions and restore five days to the school’s calendar that had been axed by budget cuts.


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