The Salida school board decided at a special meeting Thursday to put only one issue on the November ballot: the question of whether the school district will join the Colorado Mountain College tax district.
The board decided to hold off on a bond issue for a new building until the 2020 election.
The decision was based on responses from a survey the district recently sent to registered voters, which, among other concerns, raised the issue of the recent increase in property valuations by the county assessor.
Several board members said they were concerned that there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the partnership with CMC, and it seemed best to focus on that issue.
Board member Jeannie Peters said she felt responsible to voters to have a plan for a new building and for what the community would receive for its tax dollars.
She said she didn’t want to lose CMC, which she called an incredible, rare opportunity, and she kept coming back to a sequenced vote.
If the annexation with CMC passes and the other communities in the college’s tax district approve Salida’s admission, “CMC will be actively involved with facility planning,” board member Joe Smith said.
Jennifer Visitacion said she thought there was enough information to put the CMC question to the community, but more clarity was needed on the bond issue.
The board voted to notify the county clerk of its intention to include a ballot issue in the November election.
Superintendent David Blackburn was instructed to start working on the language for the ballot question.
In other business the board unanimously voted to approve the appointment of Jeff Post to the seat recently vacated by Kyle Earhart.
Post, who will fill the seat until the November election, was the only person who sent a letter of interest to the board.
The board also heard a presentation from Chaffee County Commissioner Keith Baker on the process for working on the county’s comprehensive plan.
Baker said he hoped the school district would take an active part in that process.