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23 author to speak Re-1

Ivy Vogel

Post Independent StaffTrying to figure out exactly how public education is financed, where the financing comes from and who pays for what is mentally exhausting.To help explain school finance, Roaring Fork School District Re-1 invited Carolyn Kennedy, co-author of Amendment 23, which is one of the many fine details affecting school finance, to speak at the next board meeting, Wed., Sept. 22.Kennedy has spoken to many school districts, including Garfield School District Re-2, about school finance.She will discuss the Taxpayers Bill of Rights, Amendment 23 and the Gallagher Amendment.Simply put, the Taxpayers Bill of Rights affects the government’s ability to raise and spend revenue. It requires issues such as mill levy increases to be decided by voters and limits the amount of money government can spend.Amendment 23 was passed in 2000 to help increase K-12 education funding.The Gallagher Amendment protects homeowners from large increases in property taxes as values increase. All of these laws work together, or against one another, to determine school finance.After Kennedy speaks, the board will have its usual meeting and discuss a State Historical Fund Grant for the Little Red School House.Re-1 meetingThe Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the board room at the District Office. Carolyn Kennedy is scheduled speak until 8:30 p.m. and then the board will resume its regular schedule. Open forum is scheduled for 8:45 p.m.The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 board meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the board room at the District Office. Carolyn Kennedy is scheduled speak until 8:30 p.m. and then the board will resume its regular schedule. Open forum is scheduled for 8:45 p.m.


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