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Windsor Now editorial: Vote ‘yes’ on 3B, 3C to continue our tradition as one of the best school districts in Colorado

20.6

That's why we think voters in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District should approve two important questions on this year's election ballot. But we'll come back to that number later.

It's hard to underestimate the importance of Questions 3B and 3C on the ballots for Windsor and Severance voters. (You should have received your ballot in the mail this week; you have until Nov. 8 to turn it in).

» 3B asks voters to approve a mill levy override — or a property tax increase — of up to $3.6 million. It will be a $1.2 million increase each of the next three years, and then continue forever.

» 3C asks voters to approve a $104.8 million bond measure. The biggest chuck of the money would be used to cover construction of a new high school in Severance, as well as significant improvements and expansion to Windsor High School. But the district's elementary schools and Windsor Middle School also would receive significant construction upgrades. That debt also would be paid off by an increase in property taxes.

We understand nobody likes a tax increase.

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3B and 3C would cost property owners an extra $108 for every $200,000 of a home's value if they both pass. That's $216 per year on a $400,000 home. After three years, taxes would plateau at $136 per year on a $200,000 home, or $272 on a $400,000 home.

That's not pocket change, we realize.

But is there a more important investment in a community than our kids? We can't think of one.

And that takes us back to 20.6. In the five years, from the 2011-12 school year to the 2015-16 school year, Windsor experienced a 20.6 percent increase in students enrolled in our schools. That's an increase of exactly 942 students, and that doesn't include this year's numbers, which could be from 150 to 300-plus new students once the final count is completed.

Anyone who has spent time in Windsor or Severance for any length of time has seen the growth in our communities. New home construction continued strong here even through the recession of 2008-10, and it has continued to roar ever since then.

And there is no greater evidence of that growth than in our schools. Windsor High School, especially, has been bursting at the seams and over its official capacity for several years.

Ballot questions 3B and 3C are necessary to give our kids the kinds of quality school buildings they deserve. But they also are necessary to give our kids the kind of quality instruction and academic success they deserve.

The Re-4 School District has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest in northern Colorado and the entire state.

A vote of "yes" on 3B and 3C is a vote to continue that tradition.

— Windsor Now editorial board