Yes 7D. Yes CMC. We Are Grateful to Our Communities
Ballot measure to remove effects of Gallagher Amendment wins with 71% of votes
On November 6, ballot measure 7D passed by a 2-1 margin, the very same margin that occurred in 1965 when Colorado Mountain College was created by the residents of our mountain communities. We thank our communities for relieving CMC of the inequitable funding effects of the Gallagher Amendment. It was because of you and your confidence in the college’s work that this important and historic measure passed.
From the CMC Board of Trustees:
“We are grateful to the many individuals and organizations that advocated on behalf of Colorado Mountain College—most especially its students—in supporting 7D. We are honored that voters in our communities took the time to learn about how a quirk in the state constitution put local services in rural areas at risk and have entrusted the college with the ability to maintain revenues that otherwise would have been lost.
“We humbly accept this responsibility and are committed to providing the essential education and training that our students, employers and communities need to meet the demands of our regional economy. As has always been true, we will continue to publicly and transparently report the actions of the CMC Board of Trustees, when and if they ever exercise the provisions of 7D.”
This voter-approved measure doesn’t grow the college’s budget. Rather, it ensures that revenues will not be cut arbitrarily from it. 7D allows the college to maintain its progress and stay on course, and we will continue to manage the college’s fiscal affairs prudently and with great care. We are also hopeful that the legislature will advance ideas to remove the harmful effects of the Gallagher Amendment for the entire state, and will advocate for a permanent solution. In the meantime, 7D will protect CMC from further erosion of revenues, allowing us to continue serving our students and our communities with quality education and training.
Read more in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent