Rifle supports extending the state lottery fund
Rifle City Council recently reauthorized its support for the Lottery Division, grant funding from which has helped build several parks throughout town.
Since 1992, Rifle has received nearly $1.5 million in lottery proceeds, Rifle Parks and Recreation Director Tom Whitmore told council at the Feb. 7 meeting.
“A lot of towns and cities across the state have started a list supporting the cause because we all benefit from it,” he said.
The Lottery Division, which distributes profits from lottery sales to various Colorado entities, is set to expire in 2024 unless extended by the General Assembly, which will consider the extension during its 2018 session, according to information supporting the authorization from Keep It Colorado.
Support Local Journalism
He said more than 40 towns throughout the state have passed resolutions supporting the reauthorization of the Colorado Lottery Division.
The funds from the Lottery Division have helped to put hundreds of thousands of dollars into parks in Rifle over the years, including the largest contribution Rifle has received from the lottery, a $750,000 grant for Centennial Park.
Whitmore added the grant process has become more competitive and Rifle hasn’t received a grant since 2009, though Rifle has applied for grant funding for the upcoming pool project through the Colorado Lottery.
“Keep that support going and keep having those opportunities to have grant money,” Whitmore added. “If we didn’t have those opportunities, we’d have a lot less than we have now.”
The bill to extend the state Lottery Division is under consideration and is currently sponsored by 14 senators and 11 representatives.
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
Keeping with the governor’s orders for social distancing, Garfield Re-2 moves to virtual meetings and classrooms.