Tri-Lakes, Blackforest voters decide on a $4.5 million tax increase November 2013

Will increase be approved in November?

MONUMENT, Colo. - The Lewis-Palmer School District Board of Education approved sending a $4.5 million question to taxpayers this November 2013.

We asked for a $4.5 million increase, said John Borman, Superintendent for School District 38 who believes the community will vote in favor. 

The funds will be used to restore areas in the science, technology, engineering, math and arts department, said Cheryl Wangeman, Assistant Superintendent for District 38.

If voters in the Tri-Lakes and Black Forest area vote yes in November  2013, taxpayers will see an increase as early as 2014. 

Essentially, $100 per $1 million will be paid each year per taxpayer, said Borman.

"I know they have had to cut teachers and special educations programs," said Shelley Bethany, a mother with children in the school district.  "If we don't give our teachers salary raises and supply the kids with the resources they need our education will suffer."

A longtime resident in the Monument area, who asked that we not use her name said she is skeptical funds would be misdirected.

"A lot of the taxes are used in the wrong way," she said.  "They just need to learn how to budget."

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