Colorado school finance act advances, but with many questions about proposed property tax change

If you think Colorado’s school funding picture looks bad this year, just wait until next year.

That was the case Speaker of the House K.C. Becker made Saturday to members of the House Education Committee for why a complicated property tax change should be included in the Public School Finance Act.

The change wouldn’t bring in any extra revenue this year or next, but it would create a mechanism that future legislators could use to shift more of the cost of K-12 education to school districts and local taxpayers.

The House Education Committee voted 9-4 to send the School Finance Act to the House, with just one Republican joining Democrats in voting yes. The bill still needs to pass the full House and the Senate before going to the governor’s desk.

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