District 70’s bond issue and Tax Levy promise to improve its schools. The general aim of the Bond Issue is to add several physical features to at least 6 schools, as well as some changes district-wide.
Plans for Pueblo West High School include the addition of ten classrooms, an auditorium, a 6-lane swimming pool, eight tennis courts with lighting and fencing, a new track, artificial turf, landscaping, and an auxiliary building. The proposed cost for the changes at Pueblo West High alone is $21,554,720. District-wide the cost will add up to $35,000,000. The mill levy adds up to about $3,373,738.
In the last two years, D70 has faced serious budget issues. The district has had to make some major changes, including the introduction of the four day school week. Considering these issues, it is reasonable to wonder where the money for the bond issue and tax levy will come from. The answer to that question is taxpayer money. An estimate states that the combination of the mill levy and bond issue will cost about $3.20 per month for a $100,000 household and $11.67 per month for a $100,000 commercial property.
These tax add-ons may not seem like a lot but year after year bond issue and mill levy proposals do not pass. The last time D70 received a tax increase was in 2002, which was nine years ago. “We need to get Pueblo West out to vote,” says Principal Martha Nogare. “We just want to make sure our high school is a complete school. We have so much to lose if it doesn’t pass.” The decision is set to be made November 1st and Pueblo West citizens are encouraged to get out and vote.