Volunteers from The Industrial Co. and a local carpentry class finish concrete work Thursday at Soda Creek Elementary School's new universal playground. The Education Fund Board, funded by a citywide half-cent sales tax, contributed $250,000 to help build new playgrounds at Soda Creek and Strawberry Park Elementary schools.
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Steamboat Springs The effort to organize a campaign supporting the renewal of a half-cent education sales tax continues today with a community-oriented meeting of the Education Fund Board.
The tax, which voters will renew or kill on the November ballot, provided $3.2 million in funds in the 2007-08 school year for technology, teachers and facilities in the Steamboat Springs School District, said Robin Crossan, Steamboat Springs School Board president and Education Fund Board member.
Crossan said a small initial get-together on Aug. 18 allowed the Fund Board to form The Committee to Renew the 1/2 Cent Sales Tax, a campaign fundraising body separate from the board itself.
After getting preliminary paperwork for the committee cleared on Friday, Crossan said she wants to grow the effort with today's meeting.
"We hope a lot of people will show up to help get it rolling," she said.
Last week's meeting offered a chance to get started on campaign slogans, Crossan said. She hopes today's meeting will serve as a first step to getting the committee organized, deciding what kind of advertising the campaign for renewal might require and informing the community of the Fund Board's function.
"This has got to be a community-wide, grassroots effort. It affects all of our students, as well as our community, because our students, once they leave our schools, they need to be prepared," Crossan said of the renewal campaign.
Past Steamboat Springs School District projects funded by the half-cent sales tax include a new wing for sixth-graders at Steamboat Springs Middle School; an artificial turf athletic field at Steamboat Springs High School; salary for a grants writer for the Steamboat, South Routt and Hayden school districts; three new school buses; a central server for district computers; and funding for the district's technology director and staff, according to the Fund Board's Web site.
The half-cent tax equates to 5 cents on each $10 purchase. Crossan estimated between 50 and 70 percent of the tax's revenue comes from tourist spending.
Two half-cent sales tax questions will be on November's ballot: one to renew the tax through Dec. 31, 2019; the other asking whether the Fund Board should share its funds with the Hayden and South Routt school districts.
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