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Hayden rejects tax increases, except for buses

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect final results from Tuesday night.

Hayden residents have made it clear that they do not want their taxes raised, but they do support buying new buses for the school district. Four residents were also vying for three town council seats Tuesday night.

According to final results Tuesday ngiht, referendum 2A was defeated 277 to 616. It would have raised property taxes to pay for up to $4 million in street improvements. The town has been planning the improvements in recent years and is now asking residents to pay for them over a 15-year period.

2B was rejected 228 to 657. It asked residents if they would support raising property taxes from 25.067 mills to 32.587 mills resulting in an estimated $142,714.45 annually. The town has not increased property taxes in more than 25 years. A property owner would have paid an additional $59.86 annually per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

An issue that asked residents to raise the sales tax from 4 to 4.5 percent, Referendum 2C, was defeated 357 to 542. The tax would have resulted in an estimated $105,349.00 annually for the town.

The town of Hayden expects it will run out of savings by the end of 2017 if they do not find a way to increase revenues.

“It is what it is,” Mayor Jim Haskins said. “We’ll go until we can’t go any more.”

Voters supported Referendum 3D 796 to 610. It will raise about $500,000 over a four-year period for the school district to buy new buses.

The district was asking for an additional 1 1/4 mills. That is about $12.50 for every $100,000 of assessed property value.

There were four residents running for three spots on the Hayden Town Council. Preliminary results were favoring incumbents Richard “Festus” Hagins and Charles Forrest and newcomer Ashley McMurray.

Hagins received 394 votes, Forrest had 474 votes, 601 people voted for McMurray and Brodie Farquhar had 368 votes.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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