Horizons able to raise funds
Vote on fundraising restriction put off until next week, ballot language approved
August 23, 2005
Horizons Specialized Services will be allowed to hold fund-raisers in Moffat County even if voters approve a tax increase for the organization this fall.
Horizons is asking voters for a 1-mill property tax. If it passes, the referendum would add $12 annually in property taxes on a $100,000 home.
The additional tax, which will total $390,377 in the first year, will be used to help people with developmental disabilities.
Moffat County commissioners approved ballot language for the Horizons referendum Tuesday in front of a room packed with Horizons supporters.
Commissioners also discussed a fundraising restriction placed on Horizons by Routt County commissioners when they placed the mill-levy question on the ballot in that county.
Moffat County based the Horizons referendum on the one already on the ballot in Routt County.
The fundraising restriction stated that if the referendum passes, Horizons would have to ask the commissioners for permission before any direct-mail campaigns or fundraisers. It also said Horizons could not ask the city of Craig or Moffat County United Way for funding without first asking commissioners, a stipulation opposed by officials from the United Way and city of Craig.
Moffat County commissioners said Tuesday they didn’t agree with the restriction and removed most of it from the referendum.
“I don’t think we have the right to tell the United Way board who to give money to and who not to,” Commissioner Saed Tayyara said.
However, commissioners said they plan to keep a restriction in the referendum that says Horizons will not ask the Moffat County Human Resources Council for additional funding if the referendum passes.
Commissioner Darryl Steele said that because Moffat County, along with the city of Craig, gives money to the human resources council, Horizons would be “double dipping” if the organization asked the council for funding in addition to the mill levy.
Horizons finance director Emma Bower said the organization has said it won’t ask the council for additional funding if the mill levy passes, so the stipulation won’t matter.
Commissioners tabled a vote on the referendum until next week so they can ask the City Council if it agrees with the stipulation.
Don Roth, a member of the Horizons board of directors, said Horizons could live with the commissioners’ stipulation.
Commissioners did not en–dorse or oppose the Horizons mill levy.
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