Hayden voters approve de-Brucing

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— Hayden voters decided Tuesday to lift restrictions on how much money the West Routt Library District can collect.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, voters had approved Referendum 5A by a 79 to 21 percent margin. The de-Brucing measure will remove the revenue limits set forth in the Colorado Taxpayers Bill of Rights, or TABOR.

"Boy, I'm glad we got through this," West Routt Library District board treasurer Ken Gibbon said. "This is great news for the library and great news for Hayden."

Referendum 5A was not a tax increase. However, by de-Brucing, the library will be able to collect grant money. TABOR limits a government agency's public revenues to the amount the agency received the year before plus an adjustment for inflation and population growth. If more money is collected than is allowed, the money must be abated.

Hayden librarian Ana Lash said library officials have wanted to pursue grant funding, particularly to pay for children's programs.

"I think the Hayden and West Routt Citizens realized that it's important to de-Bruce and it's important to hang on to our funds," Gibbon said.

- To reach Matt Stensland, call 871-4210 or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com

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