Snowmass to ask voters for property tax increase on behalf of Aspen School District |

Snowmass to ask voters for property tax increase on behalf of Aspen School District

The Town of Snowmass Village approved a resolution Monday night that will ask voters in November whether they support raising the real property tax in the town by $510,000 annually for five years to support the Aspen School District.

The school district requested that Snowmass consider raising an extra $500,000 annually through a sales tax. The City of Aspen, for example, has a 0.3 percent sales tax that raises funds for the school district, with plans to ask voters for an extension this November because that sales tax expires in December, according to a Snowmass Village memo from Clint Kinney, the town manager.

But Snowmass officials determined that asking voters for a property tax increase would be preferable to asking for a sales tax increase, according to the memo.

On Monday night, the council approved the resolution 4-1, with Councilman Bob Sirkus opposing, to put the question on the November ballot. The extra $10,000 beyond the $500,000 the school district is asking for is to cover a 2 percent charge from the county for collecting the tax, Kinney said.

Sirkus was hung up on some of the wording in the ballot language, but Kinney assured the council that because it’s a TABOR question — Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights — the language was very specific and had been reviewed by three attorneys already.

The question will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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