Two tax questions submitted for elections |

Two tax questions submitted for elections

Dan Olsen

— Voters could have two tax questions come the November election – one from the hospital and one from the school district.

The Memorial Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer George Rohrich asked the Moffat County Commissioners Friday morning to place on the upcoming November ballot a mill levy increase question.

Money from the mill levy, if approved, would go toward building a new hospital in Craig.

The special session by the commissioners was necessary as the deadline to declare potential ballot measures was Friday.

Because of the hospital’s financial connections to the county, any ballot initiatives regarding the hospital must come through the commissioner’s office. The question’s language will be approved by county attorney Kathleen Taylor, and approved by the commissioners to be placed on the General Election ballot.

“I want everyone to be clear, the hospital is requesting this ballot question,” Commissioner Saed Tayyara said. “The commissioners must put it on the ballot, and the public has the right to vote on it.”

The size of the mill levy is yet to be determined, but the hospital wants to keep the option open of going to the public for help in building the new facility on the west side of town.

Commissioners approved the mill levy question request from the hospital.

The Moffat County School District is also on the November ballot requesting a $28 million bond for a new middle school and upgrades to elementary schools.

In addition to mill levy questions, voters will be asked to select members of the Moffat County School Board, as well as Colorado Northwestern Community College board of directors candidates.

As of Friday morning, the state had no petitions for questions on the November ballot.

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