Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Summit School District placing a Mill Levy Override on the November 2019 ballot?

In 2007, local voters passed a Mill Levy Override to fund full-day kindergarten with local dollars. Now that the State has begun funding kindergarten with state dollars, Summit School District can no longer collect the override for kindergarten funding. This question will allow Summit School District to continue collecting these funds and instead of using for kindergarten, use them for recruiting and retaining teachers and staff and mental health programs for students.

What is a Mill Levy Override?

A Mill Levy Override is a voter-approved, assessed property tax rate that is used by school districts, local governments and other jurisdictions to raise revenue in order to cover annual expenses and needs, such as attracting and retaining quality teachers and staff.

What is the tax impact?

The question will not increase taxes. If the question is not approved, the Mill Levy previously collected by Summit School District would be reduced by 0.429 mills, which would result in an estimated savings of $3.07 per year (0.26 cents per month) per $100,000 of home’s actual value.

Is Summit School District’s total mill levy lower than other Colorado school districts?

The average total mill levy for Colorado school districts is about 37.7 mills. For the past 10 years, Summit School District has consistently maintained a mill levy of between 18 and 22 mills - around half of the state average.

What oversight would be in place?

All spending is monitored by the Board of Education, reviewed publicly and reported in annual audits posted on the district’s website. 

How does the Mill Levy Override help those who don’t have kids in school?

The cornerstone of a great community is the quality of the local public school. Everyone in the community benefits from a strong education system in which the community partners with schools and takes pride in the school facilities and the accomplishments of students.