Amendment 73 Factual Summary for Huerfano Re-1 School District

Amendment 73 Factual Summary for Huerfano Re-1 School District

Printable PDF Here:  Huerfano Re-1 A73 Factual Summary

What is Amendment 73?

Amendment 73 (A73) is the result of the citizen’s ballot initiative #93 , known as Great Schools, Thriving Communities (GSTC). A73 is a statewide school funding initiative that will increase income taxes for 8% of tax filers and for C Corporations, while decreasing property taxes for business property owners, farmers and ranchers. It will:

  • stabilize and increase funding statewide for preschool through twelfth grade (P-12) public education
  • create the Quality Public Education Fund that can only be used for public education, is exempt from the TABOR revenue limit, must be used to supplement General Fund appropriations for P-12 public education, and is adjusted each year for inflation up to 5 percent

How would it impact funding for Huerfano Re-1 School District?

Based on the most recent CDE estimates for 2018-2019, Huerfano Re-1 School District would receive $1.0 million in additional ongoing revenue if the initiative were implemented for the 2018-2019 school year.

2018-2019 Per Pupil Budget Stabilization Factor for Huerfano Re-1 -$828 / 2018-2019 Additional Per Pupil Funding for Huerfano Re-1 with A73 +$1,827

Amendment 73 – Huerfano Re-1 Numbers The A73 estimate is based on current student count and demographics that are subject to change. Funding estimates will be revised when updated data is released.

How is funding stabilized and raised?

A73 is a property tax decrease for nonresidential property owners and it stabilizes the local share of school funding by permanently setting property tax assessment rates. A73 will prevent future reductions to the residential assessment rate (RAR) as currently required by the Gallagher Amendment. It permanently sets the RAR at 7% (currently 7.2%), and decreases and permanently sets the assessment rate at 24% (currently at 29%) for business property owners, farmers and ranchers — for property taxes levied by school districts.
A73 is an income tax increase for 8% of Colorado tax filers with taxable income (income after exemptions and deductions) over $150,000. In addition, A73 increases the state corporate income tax rate by 1.37% for “C” Corporations (does not include LLCs, sole proprietorships and S corporations ). A73 raises $1.6 billion in revenue that is deposited in the Quality Public Education Fund.

How will the revenue be spent?

The initiative allows school districts to make local decisions about the best use of new funds that reflect local community priorities and needs — examples of how funding could be used include programs supporting mental health, safety and security, career and technical education, school maintenance and repair needs, reducing class size, etc.

How are property taxes for other local governments impacted?

A73 cuts property tax assessment rates only for property taxes levied by school districts. Property taxes levied by other local governments are unaffected by A73.

Will the drop in property tax rates hurt school funding?

No. Setting the residential assessment rate at 7.0% and the nonresidential assessment rate at 24% for mills levied by school districts, the measure decreases local property tax revenue to fund P-12 public schools in FY2019-2020. However, under the School Finance Act, each district’s local share is calculated first, and state aid makes up the difference between the local portion and the total funding need identified through the formula.

What percentage of tax filers will be impacted in Huerfano county and by how much?

The income tax change will impact tax filers with taxable income over $150,000. Income of $180,000 is estimated to equate to $150,000 in taxable income (income after deductions and exemptions). According to the US Census Bureau data, Huerfano county tax filers fit this profile:

  • Average income: $51,580
  • Percent of taxpayers with income between $150,000 and $200,000: 3%
  • Percent of taxpayers with income over $200,000: 3%

The following scenarios provide examples of local Huerfano Re-1 tax filers with various income levels, home values and business properties:

Amendment 73 Tax info for Huerfano Re-1 - how it affects the average tax payer.

*Ranges are used above as property tax savings in relation to the current tax rates vary depending on the language used in school districts’
local mill and bond elections. Visit to utilize the A73 Impact Calculator to input your own scenario.

Arguments For

  • The state needs a sustainable source of revenue to adequately and equitably fund public education.
  • The measure provides property tax relief for business property owners, farmers, and ranchers who have paid an increasingly higher proportion of property taxes
    compared to residential property owners.
  • One of government’s most important functions is to provide children with a high-quality education.
  • Stabilizing the local share of required school formula funding and creating a dedicated source of state revenue for education provide additional flexibility for the state to use more of its general operating budget on other core programs, such as transportation, public safety, and health care.

Arguments Against

  • The measure imposes a tax increase without any guarantee of increased academic achievement.
  • Increasing the state income tax rate could negatively impact the state’s economy. Businesses will have less money to invest in their workers and individuals will have
    less money to spend, save, and invest.
  • The measure complicates an already complicated property tax system. By creating one assessed value for school districts and another assessed value for all other local taxing entities, the measure will lead to confusion among taxpayers and further complicate tax administration for state and local governments.
  • The measure does not allow the state legislature to adjust the income tax thresholds to account for inflation.

Resource documents for additional information: Fiscal Impact Statement for Initiative #93 (Colorado Legislative Council Staff); School Finance in Colorado (Colorado Legislative Council Staff)

Printable PDF Here:  Huerfano Re-1 A73 Factual Summary

Gardner bus route

Huerfano Re-1 Schoold District Temporary Suspension of Walsenburg to Gardner School Bus Runs

Due to the unfortunate and unpredictable health situation of the current scheduled bus driver and having no available substitute drivers the bus run from Walsenburg to Gardner School is suspended until further notice.
We are currently advertising for a bus driver with a valid CDL. Applications are being accepted.
Families and students will have options:
1. Continue attending Gardner school yet providing your own transportation to and from school. The suggestion would be to carpool.

2. Register at Peakview Elementary for the 2018-2019 school year.

Thank you for understanding the nature of this unfortunate situation and resulting transportation issue/decision.

Michael J Moore

Regular School Board Meeting Rescheduled

The July 9th Board meeting has been canceled. There is so much uncertainty and unpredictability with these wildfires, some employees and board members either in pre-evacuation or evacuation areas, community helping others and the fact that these fires have pretty much dominated much of our days it is best to cancel. The board will meet again on Monday, July 23rd. Thank you and be very safe.

Superintendent Moore

Phone lines

Phone lines may be down for John Mall, Peakview, BOCES and our district administration office for a short period of time today to finish the transition from CenturyLink provided phone services to SECOM.

Calls from Land-based lines are not currently connecting to the district admin office, however cell calls are.

We are working with SECOM to get these issues resolved quickly.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

CMAS 2018 Information

Policy IKA-E parent request for exemption from State Assessments Form – Click Here for the form.  Completed forms should be returned to the principal’s office or district office.

CMAS parent letter 2017-2018

Dear parents,

It is hard to believe that the 2017-18 school year is more than half over and we are now preparing for the annual statewide assessments to begin.

Our 3rd through 8th graders soon will begin taking the statewide assessments that are aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards and measure real world skills like problem-solving, communicating and thinking critically skills essential for success in college and careers. These assessments, called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success tests, examine students’ knowledge in English language arts, math, science and social studies and will be given over a three-week window between April 9 and April 27.

This spring, Colorado ninth-graders will take the PSAT as the statewide assessment in English language arts and math. The PSAT replaces the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) tests in English language arts and math for students in the ninth grade. Colorado’s 10th-grade students will continue to take the PSAT, and 11th-grade students will take the SAT.

The overall goal is to ensure all students are prepared for college or careers when they leave high school. These tests provide a snapshot of how our students are progressing toward that goal and how our teachers can better help them achieve it. It is also important to remember these tests are just one measure of a student’s progress, but they are the only common measurement that helps parents understand how their children are doing compared with their peers around the state, how the school is performing and how the district is doing overall. Data from the tests also helps policymakers identify what schools or districts need more help and which ones should be celebrated for their successes.

But the information is only good if students take the assessments. In recent years, the state has worked to reduce the number and length of tests for our students in an effort to answer the call from parents who were unhappy about the overload. State law requires local school boards to develop a policy allowing parents to excuse their students from participating in 1 or more state assessments. Thus, districts cannot impose negative consequences on students or parents if a parent excuses their student from an assessment. Likewise, districts cannot impose burdens on students to discourage them from participating in an assessment. However, Huerfano RE-1 encourages parents to have all children take the assessments. We need to meet the 95% threshold of students testing in order to avoid any decline in our schools or district accreditation ratings.

We strongly encourage all students to take all tests so that we may have an accurate, positive outcome for all. Opt-out forms are available at all schools via the school secretary/Principal. Prior to completing an opt-out form it is necessary to consult with the school Principal.

Subject/Assessment Name Grade Levels Administration Date
English Language Arts/Literacy Grades 3-8 April 9-27
Math Grades 3-8 April 9-27
Science Grades 5, 8 and 11 April 9-27
Social Studies

* Sampling approximately 1/3 of schools participating

Grades 4 and 7 April 9-27
PSAT Grades 9 and 10 April 10, 11, 12
SAT Grade 11 April 10

*Each school will have a more specific test calendar indicating what subject areas are given on what days.

I thank you for considering that all children take all assessments and that all children attempt to do their very best.


Michael J Moore
Superintendent Huerfano RE-1 School District