Windsor Re-4 School District bond issue, MLO win handily; ballot measures pass in Valley Re-1, Weld Central Re-3J
November 8, 2016
Two ballot questions that would infuse millions of dollars into the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District passed handily in early results posted by Weld County elections officials.
Question 3B was led 55.9 percent to 44.1 percent, as of about 9:30 p.m. It asked voters in the district to approve a mill levy override of up to $3.6 million, phased in at $1.2 million increments over three years and then continuing forever. The mill levy, which is a property tax increase, would cover operating costs of a proposed new high school, among other things. And the mill levy would not have counted unless related bond issue 3C passes.
And, 3C led by an even bigger margin as of about 9:30 p.m.: 57.4 percent to 42.6 percent. 3C asked voters to approve a $104.8 million bond measure, which would cover the construction of a second high school in the district, as well as significant improvements to Windsor High School and the district's elementary and middle schools.
About $55 million will go toward constructing a second high school northeast of Severance Middle School and about $30 million will go to renovations and improvements at Windsor High School.
"It'll be an interesting ride," said Superintendent Dan Seegmiller from a watch party at the Windsor Re-4 district office. "It's a relief to have this initiative pass so that we have the resources to continue on. At the same time, we are aware of the magnitude of the work ahead."
Valley Re-1 Ballot Issue 3D
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Voters in the Gilcrest-based school district approved a $62 million bond measure 54.6 percent to 45.4 percent as of about 9:30 p.m. Ballot Initiative 3D will pay for repairs to existing buildings, improve disability access, construct classroom additions at North Valley Middle School and add a new gymnasium to Platteville Elementary School, among other improvements.
The win for Valley Re-1 comes two years after the district lost out on a similar measure 59.8 percent to 40.2 percent, and district officials credit a different approach.
"I am feeling really, really grateful to our community for making an investment in our schools," Superintendent Don Rangel said in a phone interview.
Weld Central Re-3J Ballot issues 3F and 3G
Voters in the Keenesburg-based school district approved two ballot initiatives, paving the way for new construction and bolstering the district's budget, according to preliminary results.
Ballot Initiative 3F, a $61 million bond measure, was approved 56.5 percent to 43.5 percent as of about 9:30 p.m. The measure will construct a new elementary school in Lochbuie, among other improvements.
Ballot Initiative 3G, a $3.3 million per year mill levy override, was approved 56.8 percent to 43.2 percent as of about 9:30 p.m. The mill levy override, which will end in seven years unless voters re-approve, will boost teacher salaries, replace textbooks and update technology, among other things.
All told, the two measures will cost homeowners an extra $95.52 per year on each $200,000 of a home's value.
"I am thrilled for our students first and foremost," Superintendent Greg Rabenhorst said in a phone interview. "It shows great community support for kids and schools."
Fort Lupton Re-8 Ballot Issue 3E
The measure now leads 50.4 percent to 49.6 percent as of about 9:30 p.m. The issue asks voters within the Fort Lupton School District to approve a $48.6 million bond issue that would make improvements to elementary, middle and high schools, including security improvements such as entryway upgrades and related improvements. It would construct a permanent K-8 school to replace Quest Academy's modular buildings, and it would build a new early childhood education center, among other repairs and improvements.