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Support Colorado Mountain College, vote ‘yes’ on 4B

I have served on the Colorado Mountain College Foundation board for eight years, having also been elected to the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees for six years, and will soon be entering an additional 4-year term representing Pitkin County.

In my years of leadership with CMC, I have found the organization to be of extraordinarily high value to the communities it serves. I have witnessed firsthand how individuals in our communities have been transformed by their educational experience through CMC, contributing to the economic and social success of our communities.

Through Measure 4B, CMC is requesting relief from the explosive growth in Front Range property values which is causing downward adjustments in the Gallagher Amendment (in Colorado Constitution) tax rates. Local funding is compromised by the Gallagher Amendment. CMC is not asking for an automatic or unlimited tax increase. Rather, Measure 4B allows CMC's elected board to recover only those revenues lost by CMC due to adjustments in the Gallagher Amendment rates on a biannual basis.

For the past 14 years, the amount we, as individual homeowners, pay to support the college is $32 per year per $100,000 of assessed property value. Through 4B, this rate may be maintained to keep the college financially sound into the future, ensuring that future generations of students have access to affordable postsecondary education in their local community. In addition, CMC trustees, as elected officials, are responsible for ensuring that CMC is operated as efficiently as possible, keeping its costs at a level that is among the lowest in the nation.

I urge the voters in our communities to support the continued health of Colorado Mountain College, and the economic health and success of our mountain communities.
Vote "yes" on 4B and support our treasured local college. For more information: http://www.yeson4B.org and https://www.facebook.com/Yeson4B/

Charles L. Cunniffe
Aspen