Educational Enhancement Tax

In 2008, the residents of Black Hawk and the School district recognized that a strong community helps provide an exemplary, world class education for their children and grandchildren. That year, the city's taxpayers voted to increase the sales tax and earmark those funds for the school.

The District is grateful to the voters of the City of Black Hawk and the 1.5% sales tax on lodging, food, and beverage that has been dedicated to the District. The Educational Enhancement Tax revenue earmarked for the District comes from the people who patronize the Black Hawk casino industry.

This funding helps ensure that our students have a quality education, especially since 2009 when the Colorado Legislature enacted the "negative factor," resulting in reduced funding to Gilpin County RE-1 from the state and federal government.

March 2024 - $164,022

Year to Date 2024 - $438,352

Since Inception - $15,566,771

The Educational Enhancement Tax is earmarked for the classroom and is not used to fund administrative costs.

The District thanks the Black Hawk voters for supporting Gilpin County education and children.