Poudre School District has litigated five cases in Larimer County District Court concerning its issuance of general obligation bonds in the amount of $375 million, an annual mill levy override of $8 million, and corresponding ballot questions approved by the voters on November 8, 2016.
All five district court cases were decided in Poudre School District’s favor against Mr. Eric Sutherland.
Poudre School District’s Board of Education now intends to issue general obligation bonds as soon as reasonably possible to finance the much-needed capital construction approved by the voters in November 2016. See the anticipated opening dates of the new schools and construction on the 2016 Bond and Mill Levy Override web page.
"We are all pleased to have this matter resolved and to move forward with building the schools our community needs," PSD Superintendent Dr. Sandra Smyser said.
Colorado Supreme Court declines to review court of appeals' decision
Mr. Sutherland appealed one of the district court cases to the Colorado Court of Appeals. The judge’s order in that district court case determined that Poudre School District’s bond issue, mill levy override and corresponding ballot questions are lawful. On February 1, 2018, the court of appeals affirmed the district court’s order.
Mr. Sutherland petitioned the Colorado Supreme Court to review the court of appeals’ decision. The supreme court had discretion to determine whether or not it would review the court of appeals’ decision, and on August 20, 2018, declined to do so. As a result, the legal determination is now final that Poudre School District’s bond issue, mill levy override and corresponding ballot questions are lawful.