New Castle water system issue passes |

New Castle water system issue passes

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Despite hard economic times, New Castle voters realized the importance of passing a bond issue to make improvements to the town’s water and wastewater treatment systems by approving a $3 million bond issue to fund the systems.

According to unofficial ballot results from Tuesday night’s election, voters approved Ballot Issue 2B by 804 to 711 votes ” a 53 percent to 47 percent margin.

About $2.5 million of the bond issue will go towards upgrading the town’s water processing plant, with the remaining $500,000 to install an additional raw water pump station.

“I’m pleased that the voters believed us and that we’ll be able to produce more water with less energy,” said Mayor Frank Breslin. “I think (New Castle) water is still the best-tasting in the valley. Property tax financing is by far the lowest cost per customer because even vacant land pays property tax versus 1,400 utility customers paying for all of it in their water bills. This proves that the voters are thoughtful and they think about things carefully.”

Approval of the bond issue will mean residential property taxes will go up by a maximum of $35 per $100,000 of property value as recorded by the Garfield County assessor.

A special mill levy increase for District 16 was turned down by voters in a vote of 1,280 “no” votes to 832 “yes” votes, according to unofficial results released by the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s office Tuesday night. Ballot Issue 3A sought to raise money through a special 1.25 mill levy that would raise more than $1.5 million to purchase technology equipment for students.

“We’ll keep making do, but the cost is overwhelming,” said Ken Haptonstall, superintendent for District 16. “People in this region has been very willing to give. It’s a shame it didn’t pass. We’ll have to pull together the money that we have, but the cost of technology is so high and we don’t have it. Maybe we’ll come back again next year. This is not for the benefit of the teachers ” it’s for the kids.”

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