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Castle Rock High School's Class of 2016 celebrate on their graduation day. On Tuesday night, Castle Rock voters passed a levy by a landslide-scale majority that will help finance teaching, school supplies, technology and athletics.

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The Castle Rock School District celebrated a big win Tuesday night, with its replacement educational enrichment levy receiving a 68 percent yes vote.

Superintendent Jim Mabbott said he was pleased with the results, adding, “Our district citizens care about a quality education for the students of Castle Rock.”

The levy will raise about $1.5 million in 2019 and $1.6 million in 2020. In both years, the district will levy a tax of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation, a drop from the current rate of $2.63. The owner of a $200,000 home will pay $226 less in 2019 and 2020 than they are paying in 2018.

The new levy will replace one that expires this year. It will help finance teaching, school supplies, technology and athletics, as well as buildings and transportation.

The levy needed only a simple majority to pass, but it received landslide-scale support.

Mabbott said strong voter support for the levy could portend a favorable reception for the $42.4 million facilities bond the district is planning to submit to voters in April. It would pay for a new middle school.

“Our citizens want quality facilities for their students,” Mabbott said.

As of Tuesday night, the election turnout in Castle Rock was 31 percent.

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