by D.J. DeJong

Mail Staff Writer

Salida School District R-32-J recently mailed a questionnaire to district residents to sound out the community on two questions the school board is considering placing on the November ballot.

The first question concerns annexation with Colorado Mountain College.

The annexation would require an added mill levy of 3.997 mills, or approximately $27.84 per $100,000 of a home’s estimated market value and $115 per $100,000 assessed commercial property value.

The question of accepting annexation of Salida into the CMC tax district would also need to be determined by voters in the existing CMC districts.

The board is also contemplating placing a bond measure on the November ballot to fund construction of a new multipurpose building and conversion of the Kesner Building into ninth-grade classrooms.

The new building would house instructional classrooms for the district, space for Crest Academy and Horizons Exploratory Academy, district administration offices and other programming as well as instructional space for Colorado Mountain College should the annexation go through.

The total cost of the projects is estimated to be $25.1 million.

The estimated tax impact of a 20-year bond measure in that amount would be about $43.32 per year per $100,000 of a home’s estimated market value.

The questionnaire asks respondents to prioritize the importance of:

• Additional classrooms to alleviate current and future overcrowding.

• Space for Crest Academy, currently in the 62-year-old St. Joseph school building.

• Space for Horizons Exploratory Academy, currently housed in the old district administration building.

• Instructional space for CMC programing.

• Career and technical space.

• Physical education instruction space.

Other questions involve the pro and con statements for both issues and how convincing they seem to the respondent.

The questionnaire asks the likelihood of respondents to vote for or against the annexation question and the bond ballot question should the election be held today.

There are also several questions about the demographics of respondents.

Completed surveys can be mailed or delivered to the Salida School District administrative office at 349 E. Ninth St. and are due by June 18.

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