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School Board will consider billing city for past URA harm

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What: Steamboat Springs School Board meeting

When: 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 6

Where: District office boardroom, 325 Seventh St.

— The Steamboat Springs School Board Monday will consider whether to bill the city of Steamboat Springs for financial harm the district has suffered from the city’s tax increment financing mechanism used to fund the Base Area Reinvestment Plan.

The board will vote on whether or not to ask the city for $148,419, a fraction of what the district claims may truly be owed, but an amount that Board President Roger Good believes a City Council resolution from 2005 entitles the district to.

The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the district office boardroom, 325 Seventh St.



The $148,419 amount comes from five years of financial harm the district has suffered since 2010, when a state funding shortfall meant the state would no longer be able to backfill funding for districts where taxes have been diverted for an Urban Renewal Authority.

“The state ran out of money,” Good said. “The problem is the state will backfill you only to the point that they have the money.”



Since 2010, the district has lost out on about $600,000 in tax money that was instead diverted to the Base Area Reinvestment Plan, according to information in a presentation Good gave to the City Council in March.

A 2005 City Council resolution about the tax increment financing mechanism resolved that if such harm were to happen to the district, the city would foot the bill up to $30,000 per year, and Good believes now is the time to collect on the promise.

He said that discussions about how the new downtown URA would work have been positive so far, and he hopes that resolving the financial situation with the base area’s URA will set the stage for how the city might approach tax increment financing for their next improvement plan.

“As the city contemplates a second URA, I think it’s highly important we learn from the past,” Good said. “Let’s learn from the past so we don’t make the same mistake in the future.”

Superintendent Brad Meeks said he believes the administration’s role in this scenario is to provide the board with the most accurate information possible and leave it up to board members to make a decision on whether to bill the city.

Based on the 2005 resolution and how much financial harm the district has endured once the state funding formula was changed, Meeks said he believes the $148,419 amount accurately reflects what the district would be owed under the resolution.

Also on Monday’s agenda:

Strategic plan

The board will consider whether to accept the district’s new strategic plan, which was created by several teams of community members, district staff and other stakeholders over the last several months.

The plan was shared with the School Board during its March 30 workshop.

The plan includes five strategies centered around the district’s culture of excellence, community engagement, learning opportunities, a communication plan and local and global citizenship.

Each strategy is supported by four to nine action plans, or results statements, that district staff will work to put into motion in the coming years, provided the plan is approved by the board.

BOCES agreement, other items

The board will vote on whether to approve a 2015-16 operating agreement with the Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services for special education programs. The full agreement is available in the board packet at http://www.sssd.k12.co.us.

The board will hear an update on Collaborative Bargaining Team negotiations and discuss Colorado Senate Bill 152 regarding telecommunications services.

To reach Teresa Ristow, call 970-871-4206, email tristow@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @TeresaRistow


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