I try to stay away from writing about ballot issues, but after reading the Jefferson County R-1's reasons to support ballot measure 3A, I have to point out the exact language of the Jeffco "blue book." In addition to having the exact language of the ballot measures, this book has the arguments for and against each measure. This is what the school district's mill levy argument "for" 3A says, on page 21:
"Teachers are poorly paid and hopefully beginning salaries in the six-digit range can be offered within three or four years."
"Seniors on fixed incomes are hard-pressed to shoulder increases in property tax. These people should realize that their reduced productivity calls for them to be replaced by the youth of our nation. Seniors on fixed incomes, to whom this school tax is burdensome, need training, as well as compassion. They must be offered the oportunity to learn how to locate more modest accommodations than those they currently occupy, and how to cope, in other communities if necessary."
"This tax increase furthers the goals of our teachers unions. It is consistent with a presidential candidate's promise for change, and hope for progress toward the Socialist utopia through education."