Letter: 7D will help CMC thrive
As a new member of the Foundation Board of Colorado Mountain College, I continue to be impressed with the school’s leadership and the opportunities our local college provides the students and citizens of Garfield County and the Western Slope.
They include but are not limited to:
• Affordable credit hours and degrees;
• Professional training in services needed in the valley, which include firefighters, classroom teachers, and nurses;
• Flexible programs for nontraditional students who must work simultaneously;
• Free college courses for local high school students; and,
• Lifelong learning opportunities that enhance quality for both individuals and the towns in which they reside.
Unfortunately, the funding and programs at CMC are at risk due to no fault of their own. Last year, CMC lost $2.8 million in revenue due to statewide funding formula within the Gallagher Amendment that currently benefits the Front Range and hurts our mountain communities. CMC expects to lose another $3.8 million in revenue in 2019, and undetermined further losses of revenue in future years, without a local fix to this statewide problem. “Yes” on 7D provides the local solution.
The Western Slope deserves funding equality. 7D does not increase residential taxes, it will simply allow CMC to retain its current revenues and ensures our continued access to high quality, affordable education and workforce training here in our mountain communities.
Both candidates for state representative this coming November support the [measure]. How refreshing for all of us to come together for this nonpartisan, critical issue.
Please support Ballot Issue 7D, for the good of the educational community and the students who will benefit and contribute to their quality of life and ours.
Kathleen K. Barger
CMC Foundation Board
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