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School Districts rejoice over passing of mill levies, bonds

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For a few school districts in Colorado Springs, Tuesday night meant a victory for funding. 

Both Colorado Springs School District 11 and Widefield School District 3 saw voters approve mill levies and bonds. 

In District 11, the city's largest school district with more than 27,000 students, voters said yes to a $42 million dollar tax increase. 

"It took a huge initiative, a huge amount of work to get this to pass and it took a huge step for our voters to believe in us, and we thank them for believing ing D11," said Devra Ashby, Public Information Officer for Colorado Springs School District 11. 

With the mill levy override, some of the possibilities include teacher pay raises, updated infrastructure and technology. 

With 57% approval, the campaign managers for the passing of 3E, say they're happy to see the community approve the mill levy override.

"I still can't believe it passed, a lot of people told us it was going to be really really hard," said Lauren Hug, one of the leaders in the 3E campaign. 

Before any work begins, the district needs to put together a citizen oversight committee, which they are asking the public to join.

The committee will make sure that any money being spent is in accordance with what voters approved the mill levy for.

"We already have a plan in place, but we also need our citizen oversight committee to make sure we're working alongside with them," said Ashby. 

Ashby added that taxpayers will more than likely see a change in their taxes starting in January, but the goal is to begin work on some of the projects by the springtime. 

In Widefield School District 3, voters approved both a mill levy and a bond. 

This is the first time in more than 16 years the district has received an approval from tax payers. 

'It's a big help because state-funding for our district has been cut somewhere in the neighborhood of 70-80 million dollars in the last seven years and so certainly this isn't going to make up all of that but it's certainly going to go a long way to helping us,' said Scott Campbell, Superintendent for Widefield School District 3.

With the additional funds, the district plans to increase staff pay, update buildings, and build a new Pre-K through 8 school in the Lorson Ranch neighborhood. 

"It''s nice to see that the community support was exactly what we expected and needed, it was definitely due, time was of the essence,' said Marc Deutsch, Chairman, Widefield Information Network. 

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