RE-1 voters OK levy override
Voters in the Roaring Fork School District (RE-1) approved a mil-levy override yesterday that will generate an additional $2.2 million annually for public schools in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.
Voters from portions of Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties approved the ballot question by more than 1,000 votes: 3,883 to 2,665.
“We’re pleased,” said RE-1 Superintendent Fred Wall after results were tallied last night. “It’s a great vote of confidence for the RE-1 school district.”
The additional $2.2 million in the district’s annual operating budget will be used in one of three ways, school officials said. More than half of the additional revenue will go toward teacher salary increases; $600,000 will go toward the hiring of more kindergarten through third-grade teachers in an effort to lower student-teacher ratios; and about $400,000 will go toward updating and maintaining computers and other technology.
“This is a very important victory,” Wall said. “This is the first time the RE-1 district has done a mil-levy override election, so we’re very happy that the community supported us.”
The override allows the district to raise and spend local property tax revenues in excess of limits imposed by the state.
Wall said in recent history RE-1 voters approved ballot questions that allowed for the construction of Basalt High School, Crystal River Elementary and Sopris Elementary, but never to bolster the district’s annual operating budget.
“It’s always more difficult to get voters to approve something that’s not bricks and mortar,” Wall said. “This is the first election that I’ve been involved in here, so I didn’t know really what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the support we received from our schools and administrators, teachers and parents; I feel like everyone did their best.”
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
I-70 in Glenwood Canyon to remain closed to aid firefighting efforts; No Name on pre-evacuation notice
Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon is to remain closed in both directions between Glenwood Springs and Gypsum until further notice due to the Grizzly Creek Fire. According to officials, “the fire was active last night.”