‘Yes’ on Amendment 66

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Kudos to the Daily Sentinel for another timely and profoundly courageous editorial: “’Yes’ on Amendment 66”.  In the midst of an over-politicized but ostensibly “non-partisan” School Board election, the Sentinel is eloquently speaking-up “for the kids”.

Even though every competing School Board candidate has – for a variety of ideological, substantive, and/or practical political reasons – expressed opposition to Amendment 66, the Sentinel offers multiple even-more compelling reasons to vote “Yes” – even in this traditionally fiscally conservative community.

If the purpose of School District 51 is to afford a quality (if not “world class”) public education to local youth, then it requires more funding.  Rather than further increasing property taxes, Amendment 66 provides a revenue stream tied to income – not property ownership.  At a time of both depressed property values and lowly average incomes in Mesa County, School Board 51 is likely to be a net beneficiary of Amendment 66.

However, District 51 requires more than just (hopefully) increased funding; it also needs a school board capable of overseeing the proper use of those funds for students’ benefit.

Thus, John Williams offers collaborative problem-solving experience that has earned the endorsement of both the Sentinel and the admiration of “conservative” Janet Rowland—who publicly recognizes Williams’ proven capacity for bipartisanship (“Williams has worked hard in a nonpartisan manner”).

Tom Parrish has decades of practical experience—both as a classroom teacher and as an administrator, mostly within School District 51.  As the Sentinel’s endorsement confirms, he brings precisely the kind of student-oriented practical expertise that any School Board would envy and which voters should embrace.

Greg Mikolai offers innovative ideas for upgrading the quality of education delivered to students within and outside the classroom, and the invaluable continuity of his already proven leadership and hard-earned experience – which voters should not readily discard.

Vote “NO” on Amendment 66

All the money being spent on pro Amendment 66 seems to be coming from unions.  And there is ton of it judging by the endless TV ads.

The real purpose is to repeal restraints on tax increases and would lead to even higher taxes. For earners making more that $75,000 has their state income tax raised to 5.9%.  This is a 26.6% increase.  With all the homes in fore closure in Mesa County do we really need a heavy handed tax increase.

The 66 ads implies that all the taxes collected will go the more teaches in the class room and not the administration.  This is pure hogwash.  The amendment states that at least 43% of state sales, excise, and income tax revenue must be spent on education.

This makes education untouchable in the future and makes is very difficult for our elected officials to set priorities.

This is also a money grab by Denver schools.  The rest of the state are estimated to get on 50 to 60 cents for every $1.00 the Denver schools get.

Recent study by CU Business Schools shows that there is virtually no difference between per pupil spending and changes in test scores and graduation rates.

I’m all for paying our teachers a fair wage, having modern school facilities, and smaller class sizes.  In fact, I have votes for every tax increase our elected official have forwarded.  I lived California and Maryland long enough to see the destructive nature of type of Amendments like 66.  My ballot has been cast!!

By the way, the legalization of pot was suppose to solve all our education funding problems.  Let just wait and let the excise tax money roll in!



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