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Construction buoys tax campaign

Dennis WebbGlenwood Springs correspondent

A group that succeeded in getting a street tax passed in Glenwood Springs by a mere 11 votes this fall benefited from more than $2,000 in donations from the construction industry in the final weeks before the election.Grand River Construction and Gould Construction each gave $1,000 to the campaign by Community on the Move to get the half-cent sales tax measure passed, according to a recent report the group filed with the city.Schmueser Gordon Meyer, an engineering and survey firm, gave $250 to the campaign during the reporting period of Oct. 10-28.Mark Gould, of Gould Construction, earlier had donated $100 to the campaign.The tax measure passed 1,113 to 1,102.Community on the Move also had previously received another $500 in donations from construction-related sources. Also in previous donations, banks gave a total of $4,500, companies involved with the Glenwood Meadows development contributed $5,000, and Stifel Nicolaus & Co. chipped in nearly $2,500.A division of Stifel Nicolaus, Hanifen Imhoff, has previously handled bond issues in Glenwood Springs. Now that the tax has passed, the city may issue bonds in connection with a project to directly connect Eighth Street to Midland Avenue.Through Oct. 28, Community on the Move had raised more than $16,000 toward the campaign. It had $6,200 in remaining funds at the end of the reporting period. The only expenditure it reported during the period was $2,750 to Centennial Communications in Denver for an advertising program.There was no organization opposition to the tax measure.

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