KDNK News Brief: CO River District Considers Vote to Free Up Tax Revenue

Feb 22, 2019

The Colorado River Water Conservation District is facing some funding problems but hopes a recent successful effort by Colorado Mountain College to free up tax money will also benefit them. To dive deeper into a slightly murky issue, Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism joins Mark Duggan for this week's KDNK News Brief.

The Colorado River, just east of the Utah state line, at Black Rocks. As water supplies fall in the Colorado River basin, the manager of the Colorado River District sees a rising demand for the organization's advocacy and services, but Colorado's tax structure is prompting the district to ask voters to ease some restrictions on tax revenue.
Credit AspenJournalism.org

The river district has been pinched for years by a state law - known as the Gallagher Amendment - that limits how much tax revenue they can use. Past efforts to get voters to relax the law have gone nowhere.

But CMC recently had overwhelming success convincing voters to let them bypass Gallagher. The river district hopes the CMC vote will bode well for them. A recent survey they commissioned seemed to indicate public support for such a move.

Brent Gardner Smith of Aspen Journalism has been following the district's funding challenges for several years and wrote a recent article about their latest attempt to seek funds.