Colorado lawmakers try to reach compromise on school cuts
April 15, 2010
DENVER (AP) – State lawmakers are still trying to figure out whether some property-rich communities should share in a $365 million budget reduction for public schools.
Representatives of the House and Senate plan to meet Thursday to work out a compromise.
At issue are seven school districts, mostly in resort communities, where most of the education funding comes from local property taxes rather than the state.
The House voted to bar those districts from collecting all the taxes they’re entitled to so their school budgets would be reduced by the same 6.4 percent as other districts. The Senate voted to let them keep the money.
One possible compromise is requiring them to use some local dollars to replace state funding for other school-related expenses, like buses.