Summit County leaders back 3B, oppose 60, 61 and 101 |

Summit County leaders back 3B, oppose 60, 61 and 101

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SILVERTHORNE – The Summit Leadership Forum passed a resolution Wednesday opposing proposed state ballot Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 and approved a second resolution supporting ballot question 3B.

In passing the first resolution, the Forum joins the Summit Board of County Commissioners, which passed a resolution on Sept. 28 opposing Amendments 60 and 61and proposition 101. Other Summit County towns and the school district, among others, have passed similar resolutions against the measures.

The resolution cites state and local budget shortfalls and a loss of jobs as reasons for the Forum’s opposition to the amendments and Proposition 101.

The second resolution is in support of ballot question 3B, a measure that would replace an expiring mill levy with a new smaller tax allowing the Summit School District to maintain about 30 percent of the income generated from the expiring property tax. The resolution states that the new mill levy will allow the school district to offset state funding cuts expected next year and to avoing pulling money from classrooms in order to balance the budget.

“In the past when the economy is good we’ve had school questions pass, but they’ve been close. Now that the economy is not so good we need to double our efforts,” County Commissioner Thomas Davidson said of the decision to support 3B.

The Summit Leadership Forum is a coalition of the county’s leaders in various sectors including the county commissioners, the towns, the four major ski areas, the school district and Lake Dillon Fire, among others.

Reduced funding from the state has already decreased the school district’s budget by $1.4 million for the 2010-2011 school year. If the amendments and Proposition 101 were to pass without the 3B mill levy, the school district would face a budget cut of over $4 million on a budget of $30 million.

“We probably would have to look at consolidating some of the elementary schools, letting a lot of people go, letting programs go, mainly just focusing on just what happens at school in the classroom,” said Millie Hamner, superintendent of the Summit School District. “It’s a big number.”

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