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school Issue District Thompson Bond

What it asks: "Shall Thompson School District R2-J's debt be increased $149.0 million with a repayment cost of $265.4 million or such lesser amount as may be necessary, and shall Thompson School District R2-J's taxes be increased $15.9 million annually or such lesser amount as may be necessary for the payment of such debt, for the following district-wide capital improvement purposes, to be monitored by a citizens' oversight committee:

• upgrading school building safety and security systems and upgrading fire alarm systems to current code;

• extending the useful life of aging school buildings by replacing, repairing, and upgrading heating, ventilation and cooling systems and mechanical controls, plumbing, roofs, windows and doors, making building exterior improvements, removing or abating asbestos and updating obsolete technology in schools;

• constructing, furnishing and equipping a new K-8 school, and additions to Berthoud Elementary School and Ivy Stockwell Elementary School; and

• improving, constructing, expanding, remodeling, equipping and furnishing schools and district buildings, additions, facilities and grounds;

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and with such debt to mature, be subject to redemption, with or without premium, and be issued, dated and sold at, above or below par, and at such time or times and in such manner and containing such terms, not inconsistent herewith, as the board of education may determine; and in connection therewith (i) to increase the district's property taxes when required as stated above in an amount sufficient to pay the principal of and interest on such debt when due and to fund any reserves for the payment thereof, and (ii) to collect and spend the proceeds of such debt and the revenues from such taxes and the specific ownership taxes attributable thereto and any earnings from the investment of such proceeds and revenues as a voter approved revenue and spending change without limitation by the revenue and spending limits of, and without affecting the district's ability to collect and spend any other revenues or funds under, Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado constitution or any other law?"

What it means: Voters would allow the school district to take out $149 million in debt and approve an increased tax to pay that debt specifically to take care of maintenance that has been deferred for a decade including heating and cooling systems, roofs, plumbing, windows, doors and asbestos abatement and removal. The money also would pay to build a new school on the growing east side of the district, where families are moving but no Thompson schools exist, and to expand both elementary schools in Berthoud. Money also would be spent on technology, safety and security. Approval of this issue would add $100.32 to the annual tax bill for a $350,000 home.

What supporters say:Repair and maintenance challenges across the district will "soon compromise the learning environment for our students," and it has been 13 years since voters have passed a bond to address these issues, according to a campaign committee Vote Yes For Thompson Students.

Across the district, 28 of the 31 schools are experiencing roof leaks, which are damaging foundations and floor tiles. Twenty aging boilers need replacement as do leaking pipes, and with the average age of school buildings at 46 years, most schools have decaying caulking around windows, doors and perimeters. If this passes, maintenance issues will be addressed at every school and the district will upgrade safety and security measures including new door latches to comply with state fire standards and secured entries at the front of each building.

The bond, which will cost $8.36 per month for a $350,000 home, will pay for additional classrooms at Ivy Stockwell and Berthoud Elementary and build a new kindergarten through eighth grade school in the eastern part of the district, together allowing room for an additional 1,200 students.

If the bond does not pass, these pressing needs will be postponed, and the district might need to continue to close schools. "Surrounding school districts have passed bonds to provide their students a safe and secure learning space," according to the campaign committee. "Our Thompson students deserve the same learning opportunities."

For more information: yes4thompson.org.

What opponents say: No official opposition group has been formed or opposition points filed with the Larimer County Elections Office. However, general opposition points are that taxes are already too high, particularly for those on fixed incomes, that the school district should operate within its means and that the school district should not build a new school when existing schools are below capacity and two schools will close next year, leaving empty buildings. Others have suggested that growth should pay for itself instead of asking taxpayers to foot the bill for a new school.

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