District Makes Good on Tax Promise!

District Makes Good on Tax Promise!
Posted on 12/22/2017
Dr. Wilson

The Brush School Board, at its December 13 meeting, established their Mill Rate for the 2018 year. The district had committed to voters in the 2016 General Election that passage of the proposed MLO and Bond initiatives would collectively result in tax increases projected to total $10.71 per $100,000 of home value per month and $ 128.52 per year.  Working with GK Baum from the outset, the district used the expertise of the established firm and a conservative approach to the bond market to ensure quality projections.  This approach proved warranted as the mills needed to satisfy the bond payments will actually cost taxpayers less than promised despite some unexpected restrictions imposed by the state associated with participation in the BEST Grant.  The monthly increase due to the $2 million MLO and the $38.5 million in Bonds will cost homeowners $10.46 per month or $125.52 per $100,000 of home value per year.  Planning, design and development of the project are progressing as planned and dirt-work (groundbreaking) is expected to begin in March.  Additionally, announcement of the general contractor for the projects at both elementary schools is expected at the January 16 Board of Education meeting.  Commencement of those projects are also planned for March, likely starting at Thomson Primary.


“We are excited that we are able to deliver on our promise to our constituents.  The Board and administration are committed to good stewardship of all district funds, but particularly interested in ensuring that the dollars entrusted to us through the passage of the MLO and Bond initiatives are used in the manner we committed to our voters back in 2016” – Dr. Wilson