Granby rescinds education funding at request of school board
The Granby Board of Trustees on Oct. 11 unanimously agreed to rescind the $20,000 pledge the town made to the to the East Grand Education Foundation in February.
“The East Grand school board president called me to ask the trustees to rescind the pledge because they weren’t in dire need of it,” said Mayor Jynnifer Pierro, the day after the vote. “Tax money came into the school district so there was no need to fund it.”
The East Grand School District closed its fiscal year in the black due to property owners and developers paying delinquent property taxes.
“The board appreciated Granby’s no strings attached grant of $20,000,” said East Grand Board of Education President Tom Sifers, “but in light of the school district realizing they had a better financial year than budgeted, the board felt that Granby could better utilize their dollars in their own budget.”
Town officials aren’t disagreeing.
“The money was committed from the budget in 2012; now it is off table,” Pierro said, explaining the town can use the money because “we will need to cut $160,000 in next year’s budget to account for the deficit from property taxes.”
Reassessed Grand County property values that will be used as a basis for 2012 tax collections are down an average of nearly 19 percent from the previous assessment.
In February, the Granby board agreed to pledge $20,000 in town funds toward the community-wide campaign to support East Grand schools in an effort to avoid potential elementary school closings in Fraser and Grand Lake.
New board member sworn in
Also during the meeting Tuesday evening, new board member David Miller was sworn in. Miller will serve the remainder of Ed Raffety’s term, until the April 2012 municipal election. Raffety, a longtime member of the board, resigned and is moving back to Denver.
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