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D-11 Mill Levy Override Passes

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The largest school district in Colorado Springs is celebrating a win on election night with their mill levy override passing with about 56 percent of voters saying yes, as of 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

District 11 leaders are saying it's a good night for the district as they are celebrating the first time voters have approved a funding increase for the largest district in the city in nearly 20 years.

Friends of D-11 had more than 500 volunteers on the ground working on this campaign, making sure voters knew exactly what went into question 3E. They say they reached out to at least 30,000 voters over the course of this campaign.

A tough challenge because 80 percent of the voters in District 11 do not have students in the district anymore.

D-11 has identified six areas to be funded by the $42 million raised annually by the increased property taxes:
- Increased teacher salaries and benefits
- Repair and maintenance of existing schools, which are the oldest in the region
- Classroom technology upgrades
- A school resource officer (SRO) for every middle school
- More school counselors, nurses, and psychologists
- Quicker payoff of existing district debt, which would reduce the amount charged on property taxes each year

"District 11 sincerely appreciates what they did for us tonight but more importantly what they did for us and for our children and for our children's future," Nick Gledich, the Superintendent of School District 11 said.

Friends of D-11 say this will permanently increase property taxes by roughly $17 per month for a home worth $235,000, that's the median value of a home on District 11 according to zillow.com.

"This means kids get to keep their teachers, this means kids get to have vibrant classrooms and it means they get to learn on today's technology, really what it means is our kids get access to the great education they deserve," Anthony Carlson, the campaign manager of Friends of D-11 said.

Property owners would see the increase on their tax bill beginning next year.

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