Greeley-Evans School District 6 School Board votes to renew plant tax waiver in November ballot
The Greeley-Evans School District School Board voted Monday night to send a 10-year Factory Tax Replacement Tax renewal to voters this fall to continue raising funds to support staffing and in program operations in the district.
The vote was 5-2 in favor of sending the renewal to voters for consideration, and the vote took place well after 9:30 p.m. – more than 3.5 hours after the start of the board meeting in the building. administration of Greeley.
With the vote, the MLO issue will go to voters for consideration in the November ballot. Voters in District 6 originally approved the MLO tax in 2017.
If passed by voters in November, the MLO extension will continue until 2033 with a collection in 2034.
The board had to decide whether to present the renewal to voters at Monday’s meeting to meet election deadlines for Weld County and the state.
“It’s easy to lose sight of where we were,” board member Kyle Bentley said in his comments ahead of the vote. “The Chamber (Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce) talked about exponential growth. We must keep this in mind. To sit here and worry about little things and when you talk about the big picture, we would affect the lives of the children and I don’t think anyone wants to go back. There is a lot of work to be done and it is a good start to follow.
Bentley supported sending the MLO Question to voters along with Natalie Mash, Board Chairman Michael Mathews, Board Vice Chairman Terri Pappas and Pepper Mueller.
Council members Taylor Sullivan and Rob Norwood objected to asking voters to weigh in on the MLO.
I think we need to focus on not throwing money into the system, but providing a rigorous education for all students,” Sullivan said in his remarks ahead of the vote. “I’m not against MLO but I’m against MLO now. My constituents are struggling with money right now.
The district spent considerable time at Monday night’s meeting presenting information about how MLO was used and spent, and how MLO dollars benefited students.
“The last point is the one we’ve been talking about all night,” Mathews said before the vote.
This story will be updated.