Members of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board: Clearing up article

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To the Community of Steamboat Springs,

Regarding the Oct. 5 article, "Fund Board plans PR blitz" and Oct. 10 editorial, we would like to explain the Education Fund Board's reasons for this educational campaign.

The one-half percent sales tax funds have been used since 1993 to provide integral programs, infrastructure and staff throughout the school district.

Survey results indicated that many residents are not aware of the wonderful and beneficial programs the fund provides. Consequently, we felt it would be prudent to provide the community with more information about the fund prior to a renewal vote.

To effectively inform the public, resources beyond those of the volunteers who administer the funds were deemed necessary (all members of the commissions and board serve as volunteers). The Education Fund Board prefers to hire local organizations when possible. For this effort, no local firms were available. We are, however, currently reviewing local proposals for Web site design. The resolution passed Oct. 3 set aside funds up to $45,000, which includes the cost of Web site design. No contracts have been signed at this point in time, and the cost could be significantly less.

We hope this clears up any questions you might have about what was reported in last Thursday's article. If not, please feel free to contact any member of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board.

Sincerely,

Members of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board

Comments

fishy 7 years, 2 months ago

hey ps, did you notice? this article is about the fund board,not the board of ed. the head of the fund board is your candidate, crossan. are you against her now?

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autumnwitch 7 years, 2 months ago

I am already tired of the phone calls checking to see how I want to vote on a particular item. You can send home info sheets with students and put info in the paper and the local and hold forums. This does not warrant a firm from Denver to do the job. I support Robin for the school board but I do not agree with the fund board making this choice on how to use the money already raised from the 1/2 cent sales tax to try to feel out the community on if it will agree to it again.

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JQPUBLIC 7 years, 2 months ago

"Survey results indicated that many residents are not aware of the wonderful and beneficial programs the fund provides.", SO... a survey was paid for to tell the fund board to spend more money to enlighten the stupid voters? "we felt it would be prudent to provide the community with more information"... wouldn't it be a lot cheaper to take a half page ad in the paper explaining the "wonderful and beneficial programs"? Is there a possibility these programs can't stand on their own so they need a PR firm to blow smoke up the taxpayers... wallets?

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