Garfield 16 passes mill levy, bond extension |

Garfield 16 passes mill levy, bond extension

Voters in Parachute, Battlement Mesa and the surrounding areas approved a pair of ballot items to increase funding for Garfield County School District 16, according to preliminary election results from the county.

Item 31, a $1.1 million mill levy, was leading 934-850, while voters favored 3B, a $30 million bond extension, 929-853.

Together, the two items represent a property tax increase of about 66 cents per year on a $100,000 home, according to Garfield 16 Superintendent Ken Haptonstall.

The district, which serves just over 1,000 kids, will use the mill levy to help make up for the “negative factor,” a reinterpretation of Colorado Amendment 23 that has allowed the Legislature to bypass annual inflation adjustments. The bond extension will pay for some security and infrastructure upgrades as well new curriculum resources like textbooks and software.

“This is really good news for us,” said Haptonstall. “It’s good for the community and good for the school.”

Similar measures in Garfield 16 have failed in past years, but Haptonstall was cautiously optimistic going in.

“You’re always nervous, you never really know how things are going to turn out,” he said.

“We did a lot of work with the community, and I think it’s really evident that they support what we’re trying to do. We’re going to spend the money wisely and keep people informed on how we’re doing it.”

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