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On April 24, 2018, Castle Rock residents will be voting on a bond set at $42 million for a new middle school and upgrades. While it is understandable that a new middle school is needed, it comes at a high cost to the Castle Rock tax base. I have attended several of the informational meetings. I applaud The Daily News for reporting the "correct" cost to taxpayers. The school district, in its flyer sent to Castle Rock residents and in meetings, has been touting that it would only increase taxes on a $150,000 home by approximately $240 per year. That is a misleading statement. As the Daily News reported on April 4, the actual cost to a homeowner of a $150,000 home is $427 per year or $10,675 over the bond term of 25 years. Now, let's get honest here. Most home values in Castle Rock are well over $150,000, therefore this is a much greater tax increase than most voters realize. I'm a "no" vote. I urge my fellow voters to vote "no."

Judy Albright

Castle Rock