Voters Approve 2016 Bond and Mill Measures: A Closer Look at Bond Details

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Denver voters say yes to bond and mill levy funding support for DPS students and schools.

Among the specifics in the bond measure (click here to see details of mill levy measure):

  • A $252 million investment in maintaining facilities, including funding for critical maintenance items that are necessary for the safe operation of schools. Approximately half of DPS facilities were built before 1969; the oldest buildings are also the largest, encompassing about 2/3 of the district’s total square feet.
    • Also includes $70 million to provide cooling solutions for our 79 schools with partial or no air-conditions (includes classroom air-conditioning at the hottest 18 buildings) and $26 million in sustainability, such as converting entire district to LED lighting.
    • Learn more about the maintenance investment.
  • A $142 million investment in constructing new schools and creating additions to existing schools to support the projected 4,000-student enrollment increase by 2020.
    • Measure includes building a new campus in Far Northeast Denver to address elementary and middle school enrollment needs, expanding a campus in Far Northeast Denver to address high school enrollment needs, creating an early childhood center at Place Bridge Academy and expanding five proven programs that are over capacity by a total of 500 seats.
    • Learn more about the capacity investment.
  • A $108 million investment in upgrading learning environments at our older facilities, including focused investments at our large “baby boomer”-era secondary facilities that have received minimal visible updates or remodels in recent decades. This includes Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy and George Washington high schools. Learn more.
    • Also includes a flexible award to 151 schools/programs averaging $90,000 to make targeted improvements such as new, personalized furniture or upgrading classrooms to science labs. Learn more.
  • A $70 million investment to increase student technology access, which would significantly bolster the number of schools offering one device per student as well as the number of schools allowing students to take a device home.
    • Learn more about the overall technology investment.

What it means for taxpayers: The bond measure is not expected to increase the tax rate. The mill levy measure is expected to cost less than $10 a month in property tax increases for the median Denver home price ($329,000).