Voters annex Salida School District into Colorado Mountain College District |

Voters annex Salida School District into Colorado Mountain College District

Monitoring election returns on Tuesday night are, from left, Colorado Mountain College President and CEO Dr. Carrie Hauser, Salida Mayor P.T. Wood, Salida School District Superintendent David Blackburn and CMC Vice President and Leadville and Chaffee County Campus Dean Dr. Rachel Pokrandt.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Voters overwhelmingly supported annexation of the Salida School District into Colorado Mountain College’s taxing district boundary Tuesday.

Salida School District voters supported the annexation as did voters within Colorado Mountain College’s boundaries. Voters in the Steamboat Springs School District approved the measure with 5,036 voting in favor of it and 1,235 opposed.

Both Ballot Question 5A, which applied to just Salida School District voters, and Ballot Question 7A that included all Colorado Mountain College District voters had to pass in order for the annexation to occur. 

Previously, residents within the Salida School District had to pay $170 per credit hour at Colorado Mountain College whereas those who lived within the six-county taxing district only paid $80. 

The reason being, residents within Colorado Mountain College’s taxing district already pay a 3.997 mill levy, which supports the college.

Now that voters have approved the annexation, Salida School District residents will also pay a 3.997 mill levy and $80 per credit hour.

The addition of the Salida School District will have no impact on current taxpayers within Colorado Mountain College’s taxing district. 

“The passage of 7A (CMC district) and 5A (Salida School District) represents a truly historic achievement for rural, mountain communities and for CMC,” said CMC President and CEO Carrie Hauser. “Not since the Steamboat Springs School District joined Colorado Mountain College in 1982 has a new community been added to the CMC district.”

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