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Pueblo Education Association announces opposition to mill levy override

PUEBLO – The president of the Pueblo Education Association (PEA) told News 5 Friday that she opposes putting a mill levy override on the November ballot.

The news comes one day after the District 60 Board of Education voted 3-2 to put a question on the ballot that would ask voters for $6 million in additional tax revenue.

The district said that money would go toward raising teacher salaries, repairing school buildings and increasing access to mental health resources.

However, Suzanne Etheredge, the president of the PEA said she doesn’t support the ballot question because she claims it’s being rushed.

“We also believe there needed to be a broader conversation about the mill levy override and what our parents and community members are looking for in the way of school safety and mental health services,” Etheredge said. “We just don’t believe right now those conversations happened at a level that makes this understood by the public.”

District 60 said it conducted a survey of 400 voters in the community, which showed more than 60 percent of voters supported the draft question of the ballot question.

Etheredge said she supports putting the override on the ballot next year, just not in 2018.

Tom Kackley

Tom Kackley

Tom Kackley is a digital content producer at KOAA News 5. He has worked in southern Colorado since 2016.
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