Fund Board OKs new bylaws

Measure allows districts to share half-cent sales tax revenue

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— It’s official.

After a lengthy discussion that included several minor changes, the Education Fund Board approved new bylaws Wednesday night. They allow the Fund Board to formally share the Steamboat Springs half-cent sales tax for education with the Hayden and South Routt school districts.

According to the bylaws, the Fund Board “is authorized to share, at its sole discretion, some of the proceeds from the half-cent sales tax with the South Routt School District RE-3 and the Hayden School District RE-1 for educational purposes.”

The bylaw language was taken from the ballot language that Steamboat voters approved in November 2008 to share the sales tax revenue with the other Routt County districts.

Hayden and South Routt made requests for funding and were granted gifts last school year, but Wednesday’s action defined the Fund Board’s ability to disburse funding to those districts.

At the beginning of the meeting, South Routt School Board President Tim Corrigan expressed his appreciation for the district’s ability to request funding. During a presentation about the Hayden School District, High School Principal Troy Zabel said gifts provided to Hayden last year assisted the district with a number of needs.

“We’re also appreciative of the EFB restructuring and having a community member on the (Technology/Capital and Educational Excellence com­missions) and a nonvoting member of the EFB,” he said.

A motion with the changes discussed, which included cleaning up spelling errors and clarifying certain points, was approved 9-1. Fund Board member Kristi Brown opposed the motion. Brown was the only board member to support a previous motion to table approval of the bylaws until a clean copy, that included the changes, was presented to the Fund Board.

Several other amendments were made to the bylaws.

■ The Technology Com­mission and Capital Commis­sion officially were merged into one, the Technology/Capital Commission. Educational Ex­­cellence will continue to be the other commission.

Each commission will have seven at-large members, and a seat will be made available for representatives from Hayden and South Routt. In the case that a representative from either community couldn’t be appointed, the seats could be filled by someone from Steamboat.

■ The Fund Board still will consist of 11 voting members, but instead of having two representatives from the Steamboat Springs School Board, there will be seven at-large members and two members each from the Technology/Capital and Educational Excellence commissions. Members are required to live in one of the three districts.

There also will be four nonvoting members. Brian Kelly and Denise Connelly will represent the Steamboat Springs School Board. Vance Fulton will represent the Hayden School Board, and Gena Hange will represent the South Routt School Board.

All Fund Board and commission terms are two years.

Also at Wednesday’s Fund Board meeting, board members unanimously approved the agreement with the city of Steamboat Springs to collect and remit the revenue from the half-cent sales tax. It will not expire until two years after the half-cent sales tax sunsets Dec. 31, 2019, to allow the Fund Board time to disburse remaining funding.

The Fund Board also discussed its policies and procedures. Board member Michael Loomis said the policies and procedures have been in place for years but were never written down in one place.

“This will allow the boards and commissions to know how we operate, especially when it comes down to the budgeting process,” he said. “It will also let the general public, staff and parents know how the Fund Board operates.”

Fund Board President Mark Andersen said the policies and procedures were a work in progress and would be re-evaluated.

At the January Fund Board meeting — which hasn’t been scheduled — an open seat on the Fund Board and open seats on the Technology/Capital and Educational Excellence commissions will be filled. At that meeting, each district also will present an overview of its needs and possible funding requests. 

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@steamboatpilot.com 

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