Re-2 to discuss tax issues, growth |

Re-2 to discuss tax issues, growth

Amanda Holt Miller
Western Garfield County Staff

Silt ” The Garfield Re-2 School District board will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at Roy Moore Elementary School in Silt for its regular board meeting.

Board members will discuss a recommendation for a resolution in support of Referendums C and D on the Colorado State ballot this November.

Referendum C would allow the state to keep extra tax dollars and use them for education, transportation and fire and police pensions during the next five years.

Referendum D would allow the state to borrow up to $2 billion for transportation and education capital projects.

The resolution the board will discuss would officially declare the district’s support for the referendums.

The board will also discuss recent Garfield County forecasts for population growth and changing demographics. A rough draft of a forecasting worksheet released by Garfield County estimates the county population is 51,293 today and will be 150,605 in 2030.

The forecast also suggests 6,704 people in Garfield County commute to work now compared to the expected 35,441 who will commute to work in 2030.

“We’re looking at doubling our population and tripling the number of people in our community who commute,” said Theresa Hamilton, Re-2 director of districtwide affairs. “If we want people to really be involved in our community, we may need to really look at how to do that.”

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