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Denver council committee OKs preschool ballot question

The Denver City Council Finance and Government Subcommittee approved a proposed ballot question to ask city voters in November to hike and extend a sales tax to fund the Denver Preschool Program. The program offers preschool tuition credits to families to offset the cost of early childhood education. (Photo: Nicholas Garcia)

The Denver City Council Finance and Government Subcommittee approved a proposed ballot question to ask city voters in November to hike and extend a sales tax to fund the Denver Preschool Program. The program offers preschool tuition credits to families to offset the cost of early childhood education. (Photo: Nicholas Garcia)

A proposed measure that will ask voters to increase and extend a sales tax to fund preschool tuition credits for Denver families is one step closer to the November ballot.

The Denver City Council Government and Finance Committee approved the ballot question this morning, 3-1, kicking off a bureaucratic timeline to Election Day. Councilwoman Jeanne Faatz was the lone no vote.

Denver voters narrowly approved the .12 percent sales tax to fund the Denver Preschool Program in 2006. The program provides tuition credits to Denver 4-year-olds based on a calculation that includes family income and the quality of program they are enrolled in. The program also ranks the quality of partnered preschool sites and provides professional development to early childhood educators.

If voters approve the question, the sales tax will increase to .15 percent, or 15 cents on every $100.

Read the full story on Chalkbeat Colorado.

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