At their October 13 meeting, the Board of Directors of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association unanimously supported the Roaring Fork School District RE-1 Ballot Issue 3B.
The board deliberated the $122 million initiative for over an hour. While in full support of the infrastructure needs across the district and especially in Glenwood Springs, the board was not sure of the viability of the affordable housing component of the tax. Affordable housing is a complex issue, and the board feels the chamber and business community need a seat at the table in order to explore that further. The Gallacher amendment and its negative effect on businesses owning or renting commercial property was also discussed at length. (Because of the Gallacher amendment, commercial property owners pay the lion's share of any property tax so the impact on them is greater than on the individual homeowners.)
However, ultimately the board decided to pledge their support for the issue because good schools train the workforce of tomorrow; good schools improve the community's quality of life; good schools attract new residents and good schools are important to our children and their future. The loss of the $9M grant if the bond was not passed was also pertinent to their decision.
Also, in the case of this bond issue, the land swap between the City of Glenwood Springs and the school district that was recently approved by voters also contributed to their support. The land swap provides an opportunity for redevelopment of the confluence area, which the board views as positive economic development in the community.
The Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association was named 2013 Chamber of the Year by ACCE!