Re-2 discusses property tax increase |

Re-2 discusses property tax increase

RIFLE – Garfield School District Re-2 board members and administrators want to hear from taxpayers about the proposed mill levy override that will appear on November’s ballot.

The district is hosting a series of meetings so people can ask questions, share ideas and express concerns about the annual property tax. It is expected to raise $4 million.

The first meeting was held July 1 at Riverside School in New Castle. Upcoming meetings are scheduled for Thursday, July 10, at Rifle High School and Thursday, July 17, at Roy Moore Elementary School in Silt. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m.

“In New Castle, most of the discussion centered on what the money will be used for and what the mill levy will do to property owners’ taxes,” said Theresa Hamilton, director of districtwide services for Re-2.

Hamilton said if the override passes, the largest percentage of funds generated by the tax will go towards staffing at the future Coal Ridge High School, between Silt and New Castle, and funding competitive teacher salaries throughout the district.

Money will also be used to fund before- and after-school programs and technology improvements, such as high-speed Internet access.

Administrators also want to replace the district’s outmoded 15-passenger vans with safer, small school buses.

Hamilton encouraged people living within the district to attend a meeting.

“It really helps us to go out and talk with people,” she said. “We need to hear the community’s concerns.” She added that in a couple of instances, district officials have modified some language in the override to reflect community members’ input.

For information about Re-2’s upcoming meetings, contact Theresa Hamilton at 625-7621.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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