Letter to the editor: Say no to tax hike to fund schools

Posted 8/14/18

Say no to tax hike Views expressed at the Aug. 7 Douglas County School Board meeting were one-sided perspectives by tax-increase advocates. But we must ask, where’s the doom and gloom catastrophic …

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Letter to the editor: Say no to tax hike to fund schools

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Say no to tax hike

Views expressed at the Aug. 7 Douglas County School Board meeting were one-sided perspectives by tax-increase advocates. But we must ask, where’s the doom and gloom catastrophic situation?

It’s true that the average teacher salary at Cherry Creek is $71,711, and Littleton’s is $66,399, but Cherry Creek is the second highest and Littleton is the third highest paying school districts in Colorado. Douglas County’s average salary of $53,080, like Englewood, is in the middle of the pack statewide. Our schools, however, have much higher than average test scores, hence a much better bang for the buck. Then too, consider that $53,080 is a good salary with full benefits for part-time work, given summer, spring, fall and Christmas breaks. Also, Douglas County has more schools (85) than Cherry Creek (60) and Littleton (23) combined.

As property owners, we in Douglas County pay significantly more for our homes, allowing Cherry Creek and Littleton to better afford the increase in taxes they approved. Zillow reports the median home values for Douglas County is $453,000 but nearby Littleton is only $409,900. (Cherry Creek is not reported.)

In 2008 and 2011, Douglas County voters rejected school-funding ballot measures for good reason. Why should we be a copycat to school districts lavishly endowed by taxpayers? Our property values, neighborhood and charter schools are all doing just fine in spite of the continual dire warnings coming from the current school board and self-interest groups. Vote no in November.

Smith Young

Parker

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