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Proposed statewide tax hike to support schools Wednesday Froum topic

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Amendment 66, the proposed ballot initiative in the upcoming November election, will be the topic of the weekly Community Forum to be held at 8 a.m. at Heidi's Brooklyn Deli, in the Oxbow Center on South Townsend in Montrose. Tracie Traney, a representative of Colorado School Finance Project, will be discussing how and where the estimated 950 million dollars to be raised via the requested income tax increase would be spent throughout the school districts in Colorado.

Supporters of the Amendment cite the need for increased funding in order to hire more teachers and reduce present class sizes, enhance existing programs and restore art, music and sports activities that have been cut because of lack of financial support. They cite reports from the National Center for Educational Statistics stating that Colorado spent $1,816 less per pupil than the national average during fiscal year 2011. According to Amendment proponents, the tax increase would cost the average Colorado family about $133 per year. Supporters also state that these extra monies are needed to put the Colorado school finance bill signed by Governor Hickenlooper in May 2013 into effect.

The Wednesday Forums are held weekly to discuss issues of importance to area residents. All are welcome to attend.