Glenwood chamber backs RFSD bonds
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association said Thursday that its board of directors has voted unanimously to support the Roaring Fork School District’s proposal to issue $122 million in bonds for a range of projects throughout the district.
The chamber said in a news release that its board deliberated the $122 million initiative for more than an hour before voting Oct. 13 to support it.
The proposal, ballots for which will be mailed to voters soon and which will be decided when voting ends Nov. 3, included $20 million toward renovation of Glenwood Springs Elementary School; $34 million for a new preschool-through-eighth-grade school south of Glenwood Springs; $15 million for RFSD staff housing; and a range of upgrades across the district.
“While in full support of the infrastructure needs across the district and especially in Glenwood Springs, the board was not sure of the viability of the affordable housing component of the tax,” the news release said. “Affordable housing is a complex issue, and the board feels the chamber and business community need a seat at the table in order to explore that further.”
Board members also discussed the effects of the Gallacher amendment, which requires commercial property owners to pay the lion’s share of any property tax so the impact on them is greater than on individual homeowners.
“Ultimately the board decided to pledge its support for the issue because good schools train the workforce of tomorrow; good schools improve the community’s quality of life; good schools attract new residents; and good schools are important to our children and their future,” the chamber said.
The chamber board also was influenced by a proposed land swap between the city of Glenwood Springs and the school district that was recently approved by voters. That swap would ease redevelopment of the confluence area, which the board considers a positive economic development in the community.
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