Erin O'Toole, KUNC

A measure asking Colorado voters if they want to raise income taxes by nearly $1 billion a year to pay for public school upgrades is a step closer to the November ballot.

Despite having only about a month to gather 86,000 signatures, supporters of the overhaul are confident they have enough. They are planning to drop off petitions Monday morning at the Secretary of State’s office.

Grassroots organizations including Great Education Colorado helped gather signatures. Director Liane Morrison tells Colorado Public Radio her organization helped deliver about 4,000 signatures.

“Our supporters are very excited to an opportunity to put this in front of voters -- that it gives them an opportunity to talk about how we can reinvest in our schools and start digging out of a hole.”

Initiative 22 would raise $950 million for schools through a two-tiered income tax. The additional money would be spent on statewide full-day kindergarten, expanded access to free preschool and other upgrades.

An opposition group, Coloradans for Real Education Reform, plans to hold its first press conference Monday afternoon.

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