Kids Voting: Students also dumped override

Losing by a hefty margin among Mesa County voters, School District 51’s proposed mill levy override didn’t pass muster with its own students,  either.

With 11,560 students, or 54 percent, casting ballots in the Kids Voting Mesa County election, students rejected Referred Measure 3B, with 4,772 “no” votes, and 4,042 “yes” votes. The measure called for a six-year override of spending and revenue limits as set forth in Colorado’s Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, with those revenues to cover budget cuts and pay for rehiring teachers. Students dealt a similar defeat to Proposition 103, but they agreed to a sales tax on medical marijuana in Palisade and handily rejected a proposed ban on medical marijuana dispensaries in Palisade, 1,119 “no” votes compared with 665 supporting the ban.

Students parted ways with adults in the race for Mesa County School Board District B. Incumbent Cindy Enos-Martinez received 5,147 votes, and Ann Tisue received 4,849 votes, according to Kids Voting results. Elementary students cast 6,989 ballots, nearly 72 percent of the total, followed by middle school students with 3,216 votes, nearly 68 percent. High school students accounted for 1,355 students, or just over 20 percent of the vote.

Ninety-nine percent of Dual Immersion Academy students cast ballots, the highest percentage turnout among elementary schools, while 91 percent cast ballots at Fruita Middle School and nearly 84 percent at Grand Mesa High School/Job Corps.


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