- Monday, August 18, 2008, 5:30 p.m.
- George P. Sauer Human Services Center, 325 Seventh St., Steamboat Springs
Steamboat Springs A committee to encourage voters to renew Steamboat Springs' half-cent sales tax for education will hold its first meeting Monday. The group will coordinate efforts in the campaign to renew funding for the Education Fund Board.
The tax is up for renewal on the November ballot, and Robin Crossan said she hopes a group of community members will raise public awareness before the vote.
Crossan, the Steamboat Springs School Board president and member of the Fund Board, will not lead the campaign, she said, but hopes to find several leaders during the upcoming meeting.
The tax is set to expire Dec. 31, 2009. Because the Fund Board cannot campaign directly to renew its funding, Crossan volunteered to establish a separate, community-driven committee. Crossan said the group will file paperwork with the Colorado Secretary of State's office to become a political action committee and raise funds.
Voters will be faced with two questions on the ballot: the first asks whether to renew the tax through the end of 2019; the second asks whether the Fund Board should have the option of sharing funds with the neighboring Hayden and South Routt school districts.
While the ballot question allows the possibility of sharing the funds, it does not mandate a specific amount to be shared. Currently, a large majority of revenues from the half-cent sales tax solely benefits the Steamboat Springs School District. The Fund Board does fund some regional needs, including the school district's grant writer, who works on grant projects with all three school districts in Routt County.
According to Fund Board statistics, the half-cent sales tax raised $3.2 million in the 2007-08 year, and it is expected to generate $2.9 million in 2008-09. The tax equates to five cents on a $10 purchase.
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