Steamboat Pilot & Today: Vote ‘yes’ on 2B
Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - September 19, 2018 - Updated: September 19, 2018
Since voters first approved the half-cent sales tax for public education in 1993, more than $61 million has gone to support public schools in Steamboat Springs and Routt County. That funding has helped elevate the Steamboat school system into one of Colorado’s best.
In 2009, the last time the tax was renewed, voters supported sharing the tax money with other Routt County public schools. For the 2018-19 grant cycle, 79 percent of the more than $4.1 million in funding was allocated to the Steamboat Springs School District while the Hayden and South Routt school districts received 5 percent and 4 percent of the funding respectively and 3 percent was allocated to the Mountain Village Montessori School.
The tax is up for renewal again in November, and we are urging voters to say “yes” on the ballot measure — 2B. The tax amounts to 5 cents on every $10 purchase and seems like a small price to pay to support local students.