Hayden Town Board supports museum tax

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— County Commissioner Doug Monger said he wasn't trying to sell the proposal of a new property tax to benefit Routt County Museums, but the Hayden Town Board bought it anyway.

Describing the .3-mill levy that would raise property tax $2.28 on a $100,000 house, Monger said: "It's less than a burger."

According to its resolution for approval to be voted upon in the November election, the formally titled "Routt County Museum and Heritage Fund," would be used for "providing, assisting and enhancing museums and historic preservation in Routt County." If approved, the fund would provide money to all county museums, including more than $18,000 to the Hayden Heritage Center when property taxes are collected, Monger said.

"This would secure funding across the board (for the museum)," Monger said.

Monger said historic preservation is often the first expenditure to get cut when dealing with finances, and this tax seems like a feasible solution to "tread water over the hard times" some county museums are having.

Several of the trustees said the tax would be practical solution to fund and improve its hometown heritage museum.

"I'm for it," Trustee Tim Frentress said. "We are taxed quite heavily already, but this is a minor tax. I'd like to keep the museum around for my kids to see."

"It sounds harmless for as little as it will cost us," Trustee Ken Gibbon said.

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