Re-1’s pending North Face purchase leads to taxing discussion for trustees
The specter of Big Taxing District versus Little Taxing District produced a short but spunky philosophical debate at Tuesday night’s Carbondale Board of Trustees meeting.The issue had to do with the school district’s plan to buy the North Face property on Highway 133, and whether Carbondale should assess the district $412,000 to help upgrade the highway.”That sounds cost prohibitive,” said Carbondale Trustee Andy Montoya. “We’d be taking money away from the kids.””And putting it on us,” countered Trustee Susie Darrow. “We’re a smaller taxing district than they are.”In the end, trustees put off deciding how much to assess the school district for improvements to the intersection at Highway 133 and Meadowood and farther south on the highway.The trustees and school board were scheduled to continue discussing an intergovernmental agreement between the two taxing entities Wednesday evening. Both parties have said they hope the purchase will lead to schools and housing on the 25-acre North Face site.The school district has said it needs to move quickly on the North Face property, which it placed under contract in May. The district doesn’t plan to develop the property for five to 10 years, but housing for district employees will be one component.At Tuesday night’s meeting, trustees also received a schedule for adopting a home rule charter. The time line started with the July 9 trustees meeting.Trustees had the option of letting voters elect a slate of nine to 21 charter commission members. They decided on a nine-member commission, which will draft the home rule charter.Charter commission candidates have until Aug. 23 to file their election petitions. The charter commission election will be the same day as the general election, Nov. 5.A public hearing on the charter is scheduled for Feb. 11, 2003. The charter will be submitted to Trustees Feb. 25, 2003. A special election to approve the home rule charter is scheduled for April 8, 2003.In other trustee business Tuesday night:-Trustees voted 5-2 to allow the Colorado River Water Conservation District to use 125 acre feet of the town’s unused Ruedi Reservoir water to satisfy other Western Slope water rights holders who rely on Green Mountain Reservoir.Trustee Fred Williams said he objected to the deal because it calls for Carbondale to be compensated about $3.50 per acre foot in maintenance expenses at Ruedi, but not $60 per acre foot for repayment costs, which is what Carbondale pays to have the water available for what trustees called “an insurance policy.”
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