Tax rate is not being increased for new school
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Dear Editor,

As a member of the Grand County Board of Education these past 14 years, I have been directly involved in the research, community discussions, and decision making it takes to replace old and worn-out buildings in our school district. In 2008, members of our community voted to tax themselves to pay for construction of a new K-6 elementary school and a new vocational tech center for the high school. In 2016, voters approved a voted local levy that is allowing us to increase teacher and staff salaries over a five-year period.

But we knew we still needed to rebuild or replace the middle school. Since we had asked our voters to tax themselves twice in less than 10 years, we asked ourselves, “How can we do this without raising the tax rate?”

We found the answer: We froze the tax rate. This increases revenue for the district as the community grows. We saved that additional revenue so we can make ongoing bond payments. By using Utah’s Local Building Authority process, now in place, we are able to fund a new school without raising the tax rate. You may have heard that the tax rate is being increased for this project, but it is not.

I am providing these facts as a private individual with years of experience on the school board and not in my official capacity as a board member.

–Jim Webster

Moab


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