CASTLE ROCK – Voters will see an alternative education program and an operating tax on the February 8 special ballot, but the school district is showing the same rate as in previous years.
Castle Rock Superintendent Ryan Greene said the three-year replacement tax is intended to maintain current operations as the district considers a possible obligation in the future. The current levy will expire at the end of 2022, so if passed, the new levy would take effect in 2023.
Replacement levies are not new taxes, but continuations or increases of existing taxes. Levies help pay for things that districts don’t get much state or federal support for and require a simple majority to pass.
An education program and an operating tax help pay for staff positions such as guards, nurses, teachers, teacher assistants, counselors, coaches, and security guards. They also pay for sports, the arts, music, orchestra, and theater, as well as preschool education, technology, teaching materials, and intervention programs for at-risk students.
School districts rely heavily on several levies for funding: educational programs and the operating levy; public school tax; and the tax on investment projects and technology, which finances maintenance and installation works.
Greene said the proposed replacement levy is intended to maintain the current tax rate of $ 1.98 per $ 1,000 of assessed property value. This means that the district would collect approximately $ 2.8 million in 2023, $ 3 million in 2024, and $ 3.2 million in 2025. The owner of a $ 250,000 home would pay approximately $ 495 per year for this. tax.
The district plans to hold several community question-and-answer sessions ahead of the February vote, Greene said. The community of Castle Rock passed an alternative capital project tax for the district in February 2019 with a yes of about 54%. This levy rate is 44 cents per $ 1,000 of assessed property value, which costs the homeowner of $ 250,000 approximately $ 110 per year.
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