With no tax increase, the ballot issue provides dollars for public schools
The Adams 12 Five Star Schools Board of Education passed a resolution in support of Proposition CC at its special meeting on Sept. 25.
Proposition CC, a measure that the Colorado Legislature referred to this November’s ballot through House Bill 19-1257, states: Without raising taxes and to better fund public schools, higher education, and roads, bridges, and transit, within a balanced budget, may the state keep and spend all revenue it annually collects after June 30,2019, but is not currently allowed to keep and spend under Colorado law, with an annual independent audit to show how the retained revenues are spent?
The Colorado Legislature also passed House Bill 19-1258 that allocates the retained revenue as follows:
One-third of the retained amount for higher education;
One-third of the retained amount for public schools, to be distributed on a per pupil basis and used only for nonrecurring expenses for the purpose of improving classrooms; and
One third of the retained amount to the Highway Users Tax Fund (HUTF).
The board’s resolution of support states: “... if Proposition CC passes, the Board commits to focusing on the following priorities - bus acquisition, facility needs and IT infrastructure, while acknowledging that priorities will evolve as community engagement is an ongoing process and revenue from Proposition CC is not recurring;”.
The board’s resolution of support also points out that “... education funding has not recovered from the recession; in the 2019-20 school year alone, Colorado schools are underfunded by $572 million, and the loss to the Five Star School District for 2019-20 is $27 million.”
The 2019 State Ballot Information Booklet (Blue Book) has a summary and fiscal analysis of Proposition CC, as well as arguments for and against the ballot measure.