‘Yes’ on Amendment 66

I am an active member of the community with a passion for supporting our local public education system. I have three students that attend local public schools. This fall, Eagle County voters have the chance to make the biggest financial difference for our schools in two decades! Your ballots will arrive soon and Eagle County kids need our “yes” vote on Amendment 66.

Amendment 66, if passed, will bring approximately $4.3 million into Eagle County Schools. Funds will be targeted to teacher retention, technology for students, transportation and class size relief (my daughter’s fifth-grade class has 32 students in it). Dollars will also be funneled into programs for Gifted and Talented as well as special-needs students; early childhood programs for at-risk children and will guarantee full-time kindergarten statewide.

An income tax increase is always a tough decision but here are some important facts:

• Colorado continues to be one of the lowest taxed states in the nation and will keep its place despite the proposed increase.

• Education spending has been cut in Eagle County over the past three years totaling $14.5 million.

• Taxes that finance education are investments in the workforce and local economy.

• Taxes as a percent of $1,000 of state income decreased between 1999 and 2009. Individual income tax declined 12 percent, sales tax by 24 percent, gas tax by 33 percent.

• Property taxes (the local tax base for schools) have been reduced. We used to be taxed on 24 percent of the value of our homes. Now it’s less than 8 percent.

• If we don’t invest in our kids’ education, how will they be able to compete in the global economy?

Eagle County is home to two world-class ski resorts; shouldn’t our schools be world-class as well?! Thank you for joining me in voting “yes” on Amendment 66 — for our kids and our future.

Dana Maurer

Edwards


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