Appeared in the Longmont Times Call October 18, 2011
Once again, we residents of Colorado have been given the opportunity to vote on paying additional taxes — this time specifically to fund education. I am asking for your “yes” vote on Proposition 103.
I may ask, “Why should I pay more taxes for education — my children are grown and are no longer part of the system? Times are tough. Shouldn’t schools make do with what they have?” I have to.
However, with my extensive background in finance and education funding in Colorado, I recognize the dire circumstances facing school districts throughout the state. They have experienced several years of severe cuts in funding and face the prospect of additional reductions over the next several years. Having already trimmed the “fat” from their budgets and reduced other non-instructional expenditures substantially, districts will be forced to cut teachers. This results in larger class sizes and reduced programs and class offerings, among other impacts.
Children receive only one opportunity for their K-12 education. If we fail to provide more funding for education, even for the short five-year period covered by Proposition 103, our children will be the innocent victims. They deserve better. Our children will become the future leaders of our state. Don’t we deserve the best we can give them?
Please vote “yes” on Nov. 1.
MARK E. PILLMORE