RE-1 tax increase will go to voters on fall ballot |

RE-1 tax increase will go to voters on fall ballot

Heather McGregor

Voters in the Roaring Fork RE-1 School District will decide a tax increase question on the Nov. 2 ballot, following a 5-0 nod by the school board Wednesday to move forward.

The particulars of the tax request were left unsettled until later this summer.

“Now that we’ve voted to move forward on this, I’d encourage the community to really consider this mil-levy override seriously,” said board member Trsi Houpt.

“We heard concerns from parents tonight about a lack of resources for our kids. This is the tool the Legislature has given us for increasing our budget. It’s the only tool we get.

“If we band together and work for our kids, we won’t regret it,” Houpt said.

The school board is seeking a $2.2 million-a-year tax increase in the form of a mil-levy override. It would allow the school district to collect extra money, over and above the $4,900 per-pupil allocation set by the state.

Of the $2.2 million in yearly revenues, $1.2 million would be spent on cost-of-living salary increases for teachers, $600,000 to maintain the 17-to-1 student-teacher ratio in the primary grades, and $400,000 for computers.

Board members are still undecided on whether to ask for all three spending items in a single package or in separate questions.

For the owner of a $225,000 home, the total $2.2 million increase would cost an estimated $108 more a year in property taxes.

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