The stories of Northwest Colorado pioneers and settlers are told through the photographs and historical items preserved in local museums. Failure to fund continued preservation of those items will cost the region its history, Don Grant told the audience attending Wednesday's candidates forum at Centennial Hall.
Referendum 1A asks residents to approve a 0.3-mill property tax that would raise about $250,000 a year for area museums and historic preservation.
Local museums, including the Tread of Pioneers Museum, have been going through tough financial times, Grant said, and approving Referendum 1A will provide substantial money for five Routt County museums.
Money generated from the mill increase will stay in the district it's generated from, Grant said.
Grant reminded the audience of the importance history and heritage plays in all aspects of the county, including local businesses. In addition, more than 1,000 county students visit area museums every year, he said.