Cherry Creek asking for tax hike to fund schools


AURORA | Aurora voters will have plenty of choices when it comes to education this fall, including a $25 million mill levy increase that would fund operating expenses in the Cherry Creek School District.

Cherry Creek’s mill levy question will be paired with a $125 million bond election issue for the district that would add renovations and expansions at buildings across the district, in addition to technology and security improvements. Together, the two issues would add about $8 per month in additional property taxes to an average home in the district, according to the organizing committee. The mill levy increase will be 3A on the ballot, and the bond question will be 3B.

If passed by voters in November, the $15 million mill issue would help maintain class size, support curriculum and keep up technology improvements.

” It’s two questions on the ballot because that’s what TABOR requires, (but) we need both,” said district spokeswoman Tustin Amole. ” If we pass the budget issue, then yes we’ll have the money, but we don’t have the things to operate without the mill levy increase.”

The Aurora Public Schools Board of Education is set to make a similar move. The APS board is slated to vote Aug. 21 on whether to ask voters for $15 million in November, an issue that would add more than $8 to monthly property taxes for a median Aurora home.