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How does a Mill Levy Override help students?

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A mill levy override is a voter-approved property tax that is used for ongoing expenses and needs such as attracting and retaining quality teachers and staff.

There is a limit, only 25% over what the state provides Jeffco Public Schools may be assessed locally. Based on that limit, Jeffco can currently add up to about $71 million.

These funds stay local to help Jeffco Public Schools. Put simply, a mill levy is about students and staff – it brings classrooms to life.

Jeffco Public Schools last passed a mill in 2012.

Voters did not pass the 2016 $33 million mill levy override request. As a measure of comparison, that same year Denver Public Schools passed a mill levy override which added $56.6 million to their annual operating budget.


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Possible Mill Levy Override Uses

  • Increase competitiveness with surrounding districts to attract and retain quality teachers and staff
  • Increase school safety and security including increased mental health supports and counseling
  • Expand career/technical education and STEM options
  • Improve classroom materials and technology
  • Expand full-day early childhood education


What's the Tax Impact?

For a $33 million proposal, a taxpayer would experience a $2.10/month increase per $100K in residential value. For a home valued at $300K, this would be $6.31/month; for a home valued at $500K, this would be $10.52/month.



  • None of these funds will be used for senior central administration
  • Monitored by a citizen oversight committee
  • Subject to annual external audit


Explore more information about a potential bond and/or mill levy on the 2018 ballot


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